Monday, September 04, 2006

Breaking news (for real): Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin has died!

I just woke up, and I think I'm gonna cry. Say it isn't so. :( :( :(

'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin killed by stingray

SYDNEY, Australia (CNN) -- Steve Irwin, the TV presenter known as the "Crocodile Hunter," has died after being stung [pierced through the heart] by a stingray in a marine accident off Australia's north coast.

Media reports say Irwin was diving in waters off Port Douglas, north of Cairns, when the incident happened on Monday morning.

Irwin, 44 was killed by a stingray barb that went through his chest, according to Cairns police sources. Irwin was filming an underwater documentary at the time.

Ambulance officers confirmed they attended a reef fatality Monday morning off Port Douglas, according to Australian media.

Queensland Police Services also confirmed Irwin's death and said his family had been notified. Irwin was director of the Australian Zoo in Queensland.

He is survived by his American-born wife Terri and their two children, Bindi Sue, born 1998, and Robert (Bob), born December 2003.

Irwin became a popular figure on Australian and international television through Irwin's close handling of wildlife, most notably the capture and relocation of crocodiles.

Irwin's enthusiastic approach to nature conservation and the environment won him a global following. He was known for his exuberance and use of the catch phrase "Crikey!"

[Paragraph omitted because it's rude to include in a tribute story, fucking CNN!]

In a statement released to Australian media, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer expressed his sorrow and said that he was fond of Irwin and was very appreciative of all the work he had done in promoting Australia overseas.

In 2003, Irwin spoke to the Australian Broadcasting Corp.'s Australian Story television program about how he was perceived in his home country.

"When I see what's happened all over the world, they're looking at me as this very popular, wildlife warrior Australian bloke," he said, the ABC reported.

"And yet back here in my own country, some people find me a little bit embarrassing. "You know, there's this... they kind of cringe, you know, 'cause I'm coming out with 'Crikey' and 'Look at this beauty.'" (CNN)

In Poppyland you are well respected. You will be sorely missed, my friend.

Que la freakando F?! Perez broke the story to me in a PS about Kelly Osbourne. How freakin' cruel is that? AND, Michael Douglas just got stung by a jellyfish and his kid peed on him to save his life, but a true global treasure has to die from a stingray?! Doubly cruel, world!


Avitable said...

It really sucks - I thought he was great. Talk about a guy who truly loved animals.

And although you knew that he walked a dangerous line, Irwin deserved to go out in a truly Crocodile Hunter way. He should have been devoured by crocodiles, not stung by a stingray.

Poppy Cede said...

Word, Avi, WORD.

Just so sad...

Mel said...

Truly a sad day for animals lovers around the world. This man was INCREDIBLE and he will be sorely missed. :(

My heart aches for his family... I can't imagine the pain they are feeling right now.

Mishka said...

From what I have heard, he didn't die from the sting poison but from the fact that the barb itself penetrated his heart. It was a freak thing, most people do not die from sting ray stings.

I was sad to hear that he had died.

Renee said...

I was so sad to hear about Steve! :-( That is a nice pic you posted of him.

*the queen* said...

I'm with you on this one... such a sad, sad thing and a wonderful, wonderful man... It's obvious that he touched the lives of sooo many, given the tributes and sadness surrounding his death. The consummate animal-lover, I have the utmost respect & admiration for him and my thoughts & prayers are with his family...

By the way, well done on the following:
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Molicious said...

I just feel so bad for his wife and kids. He was a wonderful guy and I can't imagine how they're feeling right now.

don't call me MA'AM said...

I honestly don't think I can watch Animal Planet for a while now... this is so heartbreaking.