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Old 09-04-2006, 03:41 PM   #31
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Default Re: OT - Crocodile Hunter dies

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...but I hope his heart was in the right place...

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...and it stabbed him in the heart
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RIP.??This guy had more balls than most men wish they had.
I agree, wow what a tragedy! RIP Mr. Irwin!

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BRISBANE, Australia (CNN) -- Videotape of Australian "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin shows him pulling a deadly stingray barb from his chest just before he died.

Irwin's manager John Stainton said Irwin was being videotaped diving on a reef off Australia's northeast coast for a television show.

He told Australia's Network 10 that Irwin managed to pull the barb out of his chest but said it was too late, as the poison had already entered his body. Irwin then went into cardiac arrest, news reports said. (Watch Stainton describe Irwin's last moments -- 2:20)

Stainton described the footage of his friend dying as "terrible."

"It shows that Steve came over the top of the ray and the tail came up, and spiked him (in the chest), and he pulled it out and the next minute he's gone," Stainton said. (Watch how a stingray strikes -- 2:35 )

"That was it. The cameraman had to shut down (after that)," Stainton said. Stainton talked more about the footage on "Larry King Live" Tuesday. (Watch excerpts from the show -- 4:46)

Cardiac arrest is not listed as a usual symptom of a stingray's sting in Medline Plus, the online medical encyclopedia of the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. National Library of Medicine. But they note that although most victims recover within 48 hours, "death has occurred when the patient's chest or abdomen was punctured."

Irwin's body was flown first to the city of Cairns and then to Queensland state's Sunshine Coast, the location of his family home.

As fans from around the world mourned his death, it was announced that a state funeral for Irwin would be held if his family so chose, an Australian state premier said.

"We will honor Steve Irwin in whatever way his family wants," said Queensland Premier Peter Beattie, speaking to CNN affiliate Channel Seven.

"We will approach the family and we would obviously be keen to honor him in some sort of way from the Queensland Government point of view, from the state's point of view, but we would only do that with the family's approval."

For the past week, Irwin, 44, had been working on an underwater documentary at Batt Reef in the Great Barrier Reef off Port Douglas in Queensland state.

Bad weather for the past few days had made it impossible to proceed with a planned taping for the Animal Planet channel, so Irwin instead chose Monday to shoot "a couple of soft stories for a new TV show we're doing," Stainton said.

"He and the underwater cameraman went out to do some pieces on the reef and coral and stuff good for the kids' show and, unfortunately, he came out over the top of a stingray that was buried in the sand and the barb went up and hit him in the chest."

Rescuers put Irwin aboard his research vessel, Croc 1, and attempted to resuscitate him during the 30-minute dash to nearby Lowe Isle, where a medical helicopter was available to take him to a hospital, but the effort proved futile.

Irwin was director of the Australia Zoo, a major tourist attraction which he developed from his parents' small crocodile farm, in Queensland. He is survived by his American-born wife, Terri, and their two children, Bindi Sue, 8, and Robert (Bob), 3.

Terri Irwin was told of her husband's death while on a walking tour in Tasmania, and returned Monday night to the Sunshine Coast with the children.

Out of respect for Irwin's family, Australia's quarantine service is withdrawing all TV advertising that features Irwin promoting the importance of Australian quarantine measures.
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Man, I really loved watching his shows. He was one of the coolest guys out there. He was a true living legend. He was the kind of guy you wouldn't think would die. Just really sad to see it happen. :(


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