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Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin dead at 44 of stingray injury
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Look at this article apperantly he pulled out the thing before he actually died:



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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Fatally injured "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin pulled a stingray's serrated barb from his chest before he lost consciousness and died, his manager said on Tuesday as fans worldwide mourned the exuberant naturalist.

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Hundreds of fans placed flowers outside his Australia Zoo in Queensland state and wrote messages on khaki shirts, part of his trademark uniform, as Irwin's body was flown home after Monday's freak diving accident off Australia's northeast coast.

Officials offered Irwin's grieving family a state funeral while news of his death on the Great Barrier Reef clogged Internet news sites and ground some Web sites to a halt.

Police have been handed footage taken as Irwin, 44, filmed what was to be his last documentary. It shows him swimming above a stingray when it lashed out and speared him in the heart with its barbed tail, manager John Stainton told reporters.

"He pulled it out and the next minute he's gone," he said.

"The cameraman had to shut down. It's a very hard thing to watch because you're actually witnessing somebody die ... it's terrible," Stainton said.

Police said it appeared Irwin was just watching the ray.

"There is no evidence that Mr Irwin was intimidating or threatening the stingray," Queensland police spokesman Mike Keating told reporters.

Marine experts say stingrays can deliver horrific, agonizing injuries from the toxin-laden barbs, which can measure up to 20 cm (8 in) in length and cause injuries like a knife or bayonet.

"It's not the going in that causes the damage, it's the coming out where those deep serrations kind of pull on the flesh, and you end up with a very jagged tear which is quite a pronounced injury," said Dr Bryan Fry, deputy director of the Australian Venom Research Unit.

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Australian Prime Minister John Howard interrupted parliament on Tuesday to pay tribute.

"He was a genuine, one-off, remarkable Australian individual and I am distressed at his death," Howard told parliament.

"We mourn his loss, we're devastated by the tragic circumstances in which he has been taken from us and we send our love and prayers to his grieving family," he said.

Film star Russell Crowe praised Irwin as the "ultimate wildlife warrior."

Irwin's zoo kept its gates open Tuesday despite his death.

"He would have been kicking our butts if we decided to close the zoo. It's a great chance for people to go in and see his crocodiles, see what he loved," zoo worker Louise Martin said.

Environmental documentary maker Ben Cropp said Irwin was swimming alongside a bull stingray, probably weighing around 100 kg (220 lb).

Stingrays are normally placid and only attack in self-defense. But Irwin's cameraman was filming in front of it and it probably became frightened and lashed out.

Stainton said the cameraman only became aware of the attack when he noticed Irwin bleeding.

Millions had seen Irwin flirt with death many times as he stalked and played with crocodiles, sharks, snakes and spiders. Stainton said he was struggling to come to terms with the fact that a stingray had killed his friend.

"He just seemed to have a charmed life," Stainton said.

Known for his catchphrase "Crikey" during close encounters with animals, Irwin made almost 50 documentaries which appeared on the cable TV channel Animal Planet.

U.S.-based television company Discovery Communications, which produces Animal Planet, said it would set up a conservation fund in honor of Irwin. It said the footage of Irwin's fatal dive might never be broadcast.

Irwin's documentaries attracted a global audience of some 200 million people, many of them in the United States, and fans from Guam to Glasgow jammed Web sites and news blogs. Many asked how they were to explain Irwin's death to their children.

"Why did it have to be Steve Irwin," 11-year-old Daniel told Australian Associated Press.

(Additional reporting by Michael Perry in SYDNEY)

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know, this whole business came as a cruel surprise. I mean, I know it was his art to get up close and personal with animals and demystify them, but it always seemed that on one level he always knew what he was doing. Hero is a bit far, but he was one of my favorite people to follow in the media. Hopefully what lessons are available to be be learned here can influence those who follow (Corwin et al) to be a little more careful with this type of production.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of people are going to be wondering what's going to be on his gravestone now, I surpose. Just hope that he isn't taken to America for burial because they belive they own the media. Rich Americans are weird.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tommy_baby wrote:
A lot of people are going to be wondering what's going to be on his gravestone now, I surpose. Just hope that he isn't taken to America for burial because they belive they own the media. Rich Americans are weird.


That they are.Or sluts.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

avaitor wrote:
tommy_baby wrote:
A lot of people are going to be wondering what's going to be on his gravestone now, I surpose. Just hope that he isn't taken to America for burial because they belive they own the media. Rich Americans are weird.


That they are.Or sluts.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a such a shame, because he was one of a kind. He seemed to have a connection with wildlife, such that he was 'talking to them'. He will be greatly missed.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tommy_baby wrote:
A lot of people are going to be wondering what's going to be on his gravestone now, I surpose. Just hope that he isn't taken to America for burial because they belive they own the media. Rich Americans are weird.


Well it is up to the family and I think they will have it there in Austrailia.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, it wouldn't make sence for him to be burried in America. The media doesn't control where his body is burried, his family does.

I flipped on this show on Discovery Kids called The Croc Files and it featured him and his wife. I mean, even looking at the show now, it's so hard to believe he's really gone. His death was mentioned in conversation by two of my teachers today. It is really big news. I mean watching the news and reading the newspaper, it shows how much people really did care about him and appreciated all that he did.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ya. I also saw that they don't want a big funural which is really understandable to me. My friend thinks that if he didn't pull the barb out he would have lived. I don't know because it put a hole in his heart which I still think he couldn't have survived. I still can't believe I keep thinking this is all a bad dream and he will be fine. Triste Did any of you see the footage? i didn't and i hope I never will just the description of how it happened was horrible enough. Triste
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He would have had a chance if he didn't pull it out, the barb would have kept the hole sealed. But you know how Steve was, he'd get cut open, bitten, whatever, and keep right on going. He probably had no idea he had been stabbed in the heart.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

True, I would probebly of done the same thing. I mean seriously who actually would leave it in unless one of the emergency guys told you to keep it in? They are going to do a small funural service for family and close friends and then a memorial for anyone who want s to come. Its so sad. But I think that if he had lived he might have been like disabled because of where he got hit and then never able to continue with his show. I heard that this part of his show was for his daughter? I know some people said that she was in it with him. Poor family Triste
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My local newspaper has set up an online condolence book for people to sign.

RR_Raptor65 wrote:
But you know how Steve was, he'd get cut open, bitten, whatever, and keep right on going.


Yeah like he'd said that even if anything like that happened to keep filming.

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Well, when your stabbed with anything, you have two choices you have to consider carefully. If you remove the object, the wound will bleed ALOT more. If you leave it in, it can get snagged on something and cause even more damage, or you could fall and it would get driven in even further.

Usually your better off leaving it in if you don't have a way to stop the blood, or your too far away from help.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! First Stewart fies, and now this! Surpris
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