The "Crocodile Hunter" guy has been reported killed in a freak skindiving accident off the coast of Queensland north of Cairns. Apparently he was pierced through the heart by a stingray.
I visited his Australia Zoo a few years back and was pleasantly surprised how well it presented the animals. I also saw him do the croc feeding routine, with his daughter.
My condolences to his wife Terri and children Bindi and Bob. This is a tragic loss of a real enthusiast, who by reports was as dedicated off-camera as on.
Well, Wilkons, you beat me and your fellow sciencebloggers to reporting this by mere minutes. But I reported it to skepticality.com forums - and I found it off of Digg. This is sure to be in TV news tomorrow, no ifs, ands or butts.
Very sad. I'm going to miss that cry of "Crikey!".
You beat me to the news too, which is what I get for being away from Queensland. All of Australia and a good part of the world will mourn Steve and wish the best for his wife and family.
What a terrible loss for science and conservation, both in Australia and around the world. I, too, share in sending condolences to his loving wife and children.
What a shock! His enthusiasm was so infectious, it's a sad, sad day for all of us who love nature. My condolences to his family. We all mourn with you.
As a fellow zoologist, I wonder what Richard Dawkins may (or may not) have to say about the life's work of Steve Irwin.
Poem I wrote and dedication to Steve Irwin
In Loving Memory
Of Steve Irwin
Yet humble, graceful and mysterious
Every precious moment you spent
Of times were here
Memories within our hearts
We shall hold so dear.
The good life you profound
On occasions you would share
Though when you were around
So much you could and would spare
Thus far such excitement about life
As you came upon
You lived on to be
Simultaneously, momentous of all
These memories remain
The memory will embrace
For now and forever
Our friendship will erase
And since you were a child
Will surely embrace within
The Heavens above
And with every greeting smile
You will be thought of.
Sorry for your loss
Steve Irwin will be
A living legend to