A Loss to Australia and the World  

header1979 38M
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9/4/2006 8:06 pm

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A Loss to Australia and the World

Today, September 4, Steve Irwin, the hugely popular Australian television personality and conservationist known as the "Crocodile Hunter," was killed by a stingray while filming off the Great Barrier Reef.

He was swimming near a sting ray that raised its barb and drove it through Irwin's rib cage and into his heart. The reports are that he dies instantly.

I have been a big fan of Irwin and watched his show on US TV as well as seen him to guest shots on other TV shows such as the Tonight Show.

You couldn't help but like the guy. He always seemed to be the stereotype of the friendly Australian bloke. Plus he was brilliant and knew his stuff. He just wasn't a guy a wrestled alligators in a road side show.

I will miss him. As I am sure all those down under in Oz do. My heart felt condolences to all of you.


LadytoPleaseYou 65F
5447 posts
9/4/2006 10:53 pm

He was definitely one of a kind. He will be missed by many. My oldest grandchildren were upset about his death, however, I'm sure they don't fully comprehend. I liked the fact that he stood and fought for what he believed in.

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Mr_anthonyblue 64

9/5/2006 3:48 am

Hey Dude,

Not a lot of people know, but he also donated a lot of his wealth to organizations that were involved in the conservation of wild animals.

He certainly was a one off and will be sadly missed by many people throughout the world.

SensuousWoman3 56F
3106 posts
9/5/2006 5:10 am

That was very sad and alarming news and a terrific loss not only for Australians, but people the world over. The likelihood of dying upon being stung by a stingray is nil to none–--unless one is stung in the heart. How bizarre.

cactusass 57F

9/5/2006 7:59 pm

yeah, i read about that yesterday, i was really quite shocked. even though he was a bit of a showboat at times, which i enjoyed, the world has lost a great conservationist, generous individual and wonderful educator of kids and adults alike.

Rest In peace Mate.

Hippink 36F  
4498 posts
9/5/2006 9:11 pm

I first learned about it by reading other's blogs about it here yesterday!
I wasn't sure if it was just a joke or a rumour. I wish it was. He was VERY cool. And he leaves behind a daughter.
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flagg134 37M
1582 posts
9/6/2006 3:53 pm

Its very sad to see him go and in such a bizarre way. His love for animals and charming nature will be missed the world over. I do feel for his wife and daughter the most though.


IsThisBetter4u 107M

9/7/2006 11:11 pm

It made me sad, too.

He didn't die instantly. He was alive when they got him on a helicopter but he died in route. He died from loss of blood because it cut an aorta. If that hadn't happened, the neurotoxins that a Stingray use would have paralyzed his heart. He was just bleeding too much for the toxins to enter the heart.

He commented more than once that if he died while working, that he hoped they got it on film. They did.

He is survived by his wife and children. Very sad.

I've been stung by a Stingray. It is REALLY painful.


____Phantom____ 48M

9/9/2006 8:24 am

When I heard the news, I was saddened, but I was not too surprised. I have really enjoyed watching his show over the years and I had come to think of him as guy who was near invincible. He had made me almost believe that we humans are able to defy nature to the far extreme. This is why we fear danger. Through the course of human evolution fear has become part of our instinct and it helps us survive and live longer. Those of us who don’t fear too much place ourselves at the risk of early annihilation. But we shouldn’t allow our fear to paralyze us in place. I went to see my professor yesterday as him and I talked about my upcoming six-month research trip to the Okavango Delta region in Botswana in May 2007. He looked at me straight in the eye and told me that anthropology grad students who work in Africa have a very high mortality rate. Most of the deaths are due to road accidents and then there are lions and hyena where we are going. Forty percent of the people in our research area are infected with the HIV virus and there are no hospitals or clinics within hundreds of miles and no paved roads. I know the dangers, but those dangers are not going to stop me from doing what I want to do. I would have been interested to know Steve’s view on the possibility that one day he might loose his life due to the dangerous nature of his work.

rm_SultryVirgo 49F
567 posts
9/9/2006 7:30 pm

I think the man did a lot of good in regards to education, and I hope that his wife and partner's can carry on his vision.

However there are now two children that will grow up without a father.

That issue for me compounds the tragedy tenfold.


Jusdewit8 54F

6/29/2007 12:16 am

Ohhhh!He was one-of-a-kind!

Still makes me shake my head...so sadddd...really thought a crock would eat him someday though...or a fuckin BLACK MAMBA would finally win the race...that guy didn't know the word fear!

I used to be Snow White -- but I drifted. ~~~Mae West

rm_6969peace 56M
2676 posts
8/21/2007 11:19 pm

I always thought a boomslang would do him in. At least he died doing what he loved. Lucky bastard. Peace

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