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Awww, Crikey!
Steve Irwin is dead. Only 44, that sucks. He was filming another documentary and got a stingray barb to the chest. Having seen a bunch of his work, I won't be surprised if he was 'playing' with the stingray and it expressed its displeasure. But he was always entertaining, and seemed to be just a bit crazy, which is a plus.

Edit: Apparently it he was swimming directly over a large stingray with a camera man out in front filming both Irwin and the stingray. The ray got spooked and went into defensive mode and lashed out with its tail. The barb entered Irwin's chest, piercing his heart.

Stabbed in the heart by a stingray. There's one for the freak accident file.

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From: lalaithpigeon Date: September 4th, 2006 09:12 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

yeah

just saw that on foxnews. sux, but somehow expected.
pawo From: pawo Date: September 4th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Stabbed in the heart by a stingray. There's one for the freak accident file.
In his case, I think I'd file it under "accidents that were waiting to happen." That was the impression he always gave on TV.

It's sad to see him go, but the guy really was asking for it.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: September 4th, 2006 10:55 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I doubt we'll ever see the actual footage of the attack, but if he was really 'just swimming' above it and not poking at it, etc, it is kind of ironic - since he has baited crocodiles, snakes, etc, in the past, deliberately getting them all riled up, and walked away from it generally unscathed. If he went out peaceably swimming alongside the ray, that's kind of a "You've got to be kidding me!" moment, just before you die.
hnybny From: hnybny Date: September 4th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I must agree that he did put himself in harm's way, way too often. I'm sad for his wife and kids.
mackys From: mackys Date: September 4th, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I won't be surprised if he was 'playing' with the stingray and it expressed its displeasure.

I was thinking this had to be the way it happened. Just like that episode of South Park. "Hey look, itsa giant stingray! Those are FANTASTICALLY dangerous! Now I'm going to get my thumb, and shove it RIGHT UP ITS BUTT! That ought to REALLY PISS IT OFF!" ;D

Note to self: Don't piss off the giant stingrays, mate!
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