Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, died in what has been described as a freak accident. At about 11 a.m. local time on September 4, Irwin was filming a new wildlife series and got too close to a bull stingray. Irwin had many close calls over the years. In his words, “Too many to count.” This one cost him his life. The ray’s barbed tail pierced his heart.
The accident occured in north Queensland Australia as Irwin and his crew swam near the Great Barrier Reef. The crew was swimming in less than seven feet of water as Irwin cruised along side the stingray. The normally placid stingray turned suddenly and lashed out at the Crocodile Hunter. The injury was like a knife wound in Irwin’s chest.
World reaction has been swift and sad for the Australian folkhero. Irwin was an international proponent of conservation and ecology. We join millions of others that mourn his death.
This article provides more information on Irwin’s death .