Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin killed by Stingray Barb

September 4, 2006 - 2:24PM

The infamous Croc Hunter Steve Irwin was killed by a stingray today as he was diving off the coast of Australia, on the Great Barrier Reef. It is considered to be a freak accident, as the barb of a sting ray pierced Irwin's chest.

Irwin is survived by his wife, and two children. He was only 44 years old.

Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin has died in a freak marine accident while shooting a documentary on the Great Barrier Reef.

The 44-year-old is believed to have been killed by a stingray barb that went through his chest while he was diving.

He was filming an underwater documentary off Port Douglas when the accident occurred.

Mr Irwin's body is being flown to a morgue in Cairns.

It's believed his American-born wife Terri is trekking on Cradle Mountain in Tasmania and authorities are trying to reach her with news of her husband's death.

Melbourne-born Mr Irwin - known worldwide as the Crocodile Hunter - is famous for his enthusiasm for wildlife and his catchcry "Crikey!".


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