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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin Crocodile Hunter

Steve Erwin (February 22, 1962 – September 4, 2006), was known for his love for nature.

Fourty four year old Irwin died in far north Queensland while filming for a marine documentary. Police say the 44 year old died when he was stung through the chest by a stingray while diving off Port Douglas. John Stainton says the fatal incident was unprovoked. He said the wildlife expert and a cameraman were snorkelling across Batt Reef in shallow water at about 11:00 am AEST. Mr Stainton said the cameraman was initially unaware of the fatal sting. “Irwin just swum over the top of the ray and the barb came up and hit him,” he said. “The cameraman said at the time he didn’t even know that it had hit him, and then he saw blood in the water.” Mr Stainton says Irwin died doing what he loved best.

“Today the world has lost a great wildlife icon, a passionate conservationist and one of the proudest dads on the planet,” he said. “He left this world in a peaceful and happy state of mind. He would have said, ‘Croc’s rule’. “Police have conducted a post mortal investigation Irwin was born in Victoria in 1962.

His father was a keen reptile enthusiast and moved the family to Queensland in 1970 to open a small reptile park on the Sunshine Coast. In 1991, Irwin took over the family business and a year later launched his Crocodile Hunter television program, which turned him into a household name in the US. Irwin is survived by his wife Terri and two children.
‘Huge loss’

Politicians and the tourism industry have paid tribute to Irwin. Prime Minister John Howard says Irwin’s death is a “huge loss” for the nation. “He was the genuine article, what you saw was what you got, he took risks, he enjoyed life, but he brought immense joy to millions of people, particularly to children, and it’s just such a terrible loss and I feel very distressed and I’m quite upset,” he said. His death is featuring in news coverage around the world.

One of Irwin’s biggest critics has remembered the television star as an Australian icon who will be sadly missed. Director of Crocodylus Park Graeme Webb says despite them being at loggerheads over crocodile safari hunting, Irwin’s legacy will live on. “He was a champion for crocodile conservation. He should be able to rest assured that crocodiles will be conserved long after he’s gone and he’s contributed to that process, so I guess that’s my main memory of him,” he said.

Locals have laid flowers at the entrance to Irwin’s Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast as a mark of respect. Many have described him as a great adventurer and Australian who lived life to the fullest. Those that live near the zoo said Irwin helped put the Sunshine Coast on the map. A statement from Australia Zoo describes him as a great wildlife icon, a passionate conservationist and one of the proudest dads on the planet. He leaves his wife terry and his daughter bindi and son bob behind, we wish them a lot off strength with this terrible loss.

posted by Monique at 8:00 pm  

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  1. Heyzz

    The site is looking good love the picture of beau, this post about Steve Irwin is great….Indeed it’s a great loss

    Greetzz Xxxx Soozie

    Comment by Soozie — December 21, 2006 @ 12:01 pm

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