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Steve Irwin, known worldwide as the Crocodile Hunter, died Monday resulting from an encounter with a stingray off Australia's Great Barrier Reef. He was 44.
According to news reports, Irwin swam too close to a stingray during filming for a new documentary. The stingray's barb reportedly pierced his chest and entered his heart. He was pronounced dead after emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene.
Over the past several years, Irwin became one of the most recognized television personalities in the U.S. as his programs aired numerous times each day on the Animal Planet cable channel and the Discovery Network.
Known for his close encounters with crocodiles, venomous snakes and other dangerous animals, he was equally well known as a passionate conservationist. He was also known for his use of the exclamation, "Crikey!"
In addition to his television programs, Irwin operated the Australia Zoo. He was also beginning work on a new children's television series with his daughter, Bindi.
He is survived by his American-born wife Terri, eight-year-old Bindi and three-year-old son, Bob.
Links to stories about Steve Irwin: (clicking on a link will open a new window. The stories linked are outside of the control of the Observer News):
Discovery Channel News
Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin Dead - CNN
Steve Irwin Killed By Stingray - Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Queensland Courier Mail (Austrialia)
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