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How did Steve Irwin die?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The underwater video footage of Steve Irwin's death after he was speared in the chest by a stingray was "shocking" his manager reportedly said today.

    John Stainton told reporters the footage, which he had handed to police, was the worst thing he had ever seen, Sydney's 2GB radio reported this morning.

    "I have seen the footage and it's shocking," Mr Stainton said.

    "It's a very hard thing to watch because you're watching somebody die and it's terrible."

    Crickey fund announced

    Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's conservation work would continue despite his death yesterday, a close friend said today.

    The executive director of Irwin's Australia Zoo at Beerwah, near Queensland's Sunshine Coast, pledged today that Irwin's work to protect wildlife would go on.

    "We have an obligation now to do more, and through his legacy we hope more Australians and more people around the world will get into conservation," Michael Hornby told Channel Nine's Today program.

    "Things like the culling of wildlife, which Steve was very passionate (against). That has to stop. We've got to create safer habitats. we've got to carry on the mantle."

    Irwin made a great contribution to the conservation movement around the world, Mr Hornby said.

    "I don't think we'll ever come to grips with his impact," Mr Hornby said.

    "It's not just the direct stuff, the land that he has purchased to create habitats, the money he has invested, the motivation that he has provided so many people.

    "But it's because of him that other people have now taken up a career or taken up a passion in conservation, and he has directly influenced them, and hopefully many, many people to come.

    Irwin was also a great friend, he said.

    "He's a lovely guy, you know. If you didn't know him, he kind of polarised, I guess, some people. You know, the tall poppy syndrome; but as a person, so genuine," Mr Hornby said.

    "What you saw on TV was how he was as a guy - always up, always motivated always inspiring, but always there for you."

    Earlier today, the American TV company that made the Crocodile Hunter a household name in the US -- Discovery Networks, which owns the Discovery and Animal Planet channels -- announced it will continue Irwin's legacy with the creation of the Steve Irwin Crocodile Hunter Fund, nicknamed The Crikey Fund.

    The fund will "honour Steve's passion and exuberance for conservation and the animal kingdom" and will fund programs around the world.

    It will also aid Irwin's Australia Zoo as well as provide educational support for his two young children.

    State funeral offer

    Queensland Premier Peter Beattie says Irwin will get a state funeral if that's what his family wants .

    Mr Beattie today said Irwin put Australia on the world map.

    "He will be remembered as not just a great Queenslander, but a great Australian," Mr Beattie told Channel Seven.

    "Whenever I travel overseas, particularly to countries like the United States, he was certainly the most well known Australian.

    "People didn't know who our prime minister was, or who our premiers are, but they certainly know Steve Irwin."

    Asked if his government would honour Irwin with a state funeral, Mr Beattie replied: "We will honour Steve Irwin in whatever way his family wants."

    But first it was important to let his wife Terry and two young children, who recently returned to Queensland from Tasmania, deal with the tragedy, he said.

    "Our first thoughts have to be with Terry and the children and I don't want to say or do anything that will make their grief worse because they are a wonderful family," Mr Beattie said.

    "We will approach the family and we would obviously be keen to honour him in some sort of way from the Queensland government point of view, from the state's point of view, but we would only do that with the family's approval.

    "They have to deal with this terrible news which has shocked everyone."

    - with AAP

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    Television personality and environmentalist Steve Irwin has died from a stingray wound while filming off north Queensland. as he filmed a sequence for his eight-year-old daughter Bindi's new TV The stingray just happened to be swimming around and out of the blue whacked his tail at him. Divers say the incident was absolutely tragic. They had dived so many times with stingrays and they are usually very placid things,Steve was known worldwide as the Crocodile Hunter, He was famous for his enthusiasm for wildlife .!Irwin had been filming a new documentary called Ocean's Deadliest with friend and manager John Stainton at Batt Reef, off Port Douglas about 11am.He came over the top of a stingray and the stingray's barb went up and went into his chest and put a hole into his heart, It's likely that he possibly died instantly when the barb hit him, and he felt no pain.He died doing what he loved best.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I heard he got stung in the heart by a Sting Ray.

    Source(s): The CBS morning news.
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  • 1 decade ago

    He died today on 9-4-06. He got bit by a stingray at the heart, he was pronounced dead on the scene, RIP steve you will always be in my heart,

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  • 1 decade ago

    A stingray

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  • 1 decade ago

    he was filming a show called the oceans most deadliest and athe stingray he was swimming over puctured his heart with his poison barb.

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  • 1 decade ago

    If you check out Yahoo Canada's home page, you'll see. They say that he died because a ray fish stung him in the heart.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Stingray stung him in the heart.

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    1 decade ago

    A stingray's barb pierced him in his chest.

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