Steve Irwin - known and loved as 'The Crocodile Hunter' has been killed filming for his latest documentary. He was struck in the chest by a giant stingray and died.
Steve did great conservation work, bringing to life so many creatures that had been hunted through prejudice and fear such as the crocodile, shark, stingray....
Rest in peace and much love to his family.
Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin dead
04 September 2006
BREAKING NEWS: 4.40pm
Australian television personality and environmentalist Steve Irwin has died in a marine accident in north Queensland, Australian state government sources say.
According to Australian Associated Press the 44-year-old is believed to have been killed by a stingray barb that went through his chest.
He was filming an underwater documentary off Port Douglas when the accident occurred says AAP.
Mr Irwin's body was being flown to Cairns.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Australian emergency officials could not immediately confirm the reports.
A spokesman for Emergency Management Queensland Helicopter Rescue in Cairns would not confirm the identity of the dead man, stating that next of kin had not been informed.
His American-born wife Terri was reported to be trekking in Tasmania at the time of the incident.