BRISBANE, Australia (AP) – Steve Irwin, the Australian television personality and environmentalist known as the “Crocodile Hunter,” was killed Monday by a stingray during a diving expedition, Australian media said. He was 44.
Irwin was filming an underwater documentary on the Great Barrier Reef in northeastern Queensland state when the accident occurred, Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on its Web site.
The Australian Broadcasting Corp. said Irwin was diving near Low Isles near the resort town of Port Douglas, about 1,260 miles north of Brisbane.
A helicopter carrying paramedics flew to the island, but he died from a stingray barb to the heart, ABC reported on its Web site.
I don’t really have a comment on this — although I am curious how you can even get a stingray barb to the heart. Poor guy. I mean he did some stuff that I considered really stupid, but he did genuinely love animals and did a good job bringing that love to the public.
RIP, Crocodile Hunter.