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StellarRat
09-03-2006, 11:02 PM
Wow! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif Hard to believe. I always thought he lived a dangerous life.

fordfan25
09-03-2006, 11:09 PM
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WTE_Googly
09-03-2006, 11:10 PM
Well we did always say that it would happen one day http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

My condolences to his family.

And talking about family, apparantly Terri (his wife) is trekking in Tasmania and has not yet been told of his death, they (the media) just can't help themselves can they, they should have at least waited until she had been notified.

WTE_Googly
09-03-2006, 11:13 PM
http://xtramsn.co.nz/news/0,,11965-6255415,00.html

huggy87
09-03-2006, 11:20 PM
Wow! That guy was such a badass! Of all the lame creatures to die by.

Friendly_flyer
09-03-2006, 11:27 PM
Mr. Irwin has been reported dead before on a number of occations, but this time it seems confirmed:

http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,20349534-952,00.html

The news is all over Norwegian newspapers too, I guess the singray did what nomerous crocodiles and snakes have tried for the 20 last years.

Feathered_IV
09-03-2006, 11:36 PM
Sad for the family.

Died doing what he loves though (harassing wild animals in their natural habitat).

Treetop64
09-03-2006, 11:58 PM
Man, that really sucks... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

TC_Stele
09-03-2006, 11:59 PM
Completely blown away. I never imagined something like that happening to him. Well actually yes, but he seemed invincible.

luthier1
09-04-2006, 12:02 AM
Nobody said CRIKEY yet?

If there's ever been a good reason to say it, it is this thread.

strewth
09-04-2006, 12:42 AM
Yep reports are that he got hit in the chest with a stingray barb. He was at Port Douglas, just North of where I live.

Yep - one confirmed kill for Mr Ray http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif

He was a likeable nutter.

Al my best to the family

StellarRat
09-04-2006, 12:42 AM
I always figured it would be a croc or snake that got him. But, his death by a wild animal doesn't really surprise me. He just took too many chances. I didn't know that a stingray could kill you like that though. I knew some of them were poisonous, but not that they could skewer your heart.

slipBall
09-04-2006, 12:56 AM
Sad indeed http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

carguy_
09-04-2006, 01:00 AM
I always thought he was asking for it.In my eyes he had grown to be almost invincible,the poor sob.
He seemed really friendly and a nice guy so I`m really sorry to hear him go http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Capt.LoneRanger
09-04-2006, 01:31 AM
Sad news. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Still hope this as true as the last reports on his death.

I450IVex
09-04-2006, 01:50 AM
He's dead alright i spoke to a decky mate in Cairns this arvo, and it's all over town.
They tried for awhile to revive him. They took him to cairns morgue.
Poor bastard, at least he died doing what he loved.

slipBall
09-04-2006, 02:26 AM
Originally posted by StellarRat:
I always figured it would be a croc or snake that got him. But, his death by a wild animal doesn't really surprise me. He just took too many chances. I didn't know that a stingray could kill you like that though. I knew some of them were poisonous, but not that they could skewer your heart.



I am a commercial fisherman, and sometimes catch many stingrays. They are always trying to nail you with their spike. Even the small ones can be painfull, the large ones lethal

Sergio_101
09-04-2006, 02:44 AM
Hard to feel sorry for a guy that made a living
taking risks with high risk annimals.

But I'd rather have seen a Croc get him. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

Sergio

BiscuitKnight
09-04-2006, 02:46 AM
I feel for his family: celebrity or not, Terri is still a widow with two very young kids. I wonder how it'll affect the boy, too: your dad was a big celebrity, but you hardly know him.

BfHeFwMe
09-04-2006, 02:55 AM
Whats with the press? Calling it a freak accident? A wild animal killing someone isn't an accident or freakish, it's nature. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

Reminds me of the old proverb,

No one pities a snake charmer when he's bit.

BaronUnderpants
09-04-2006, 03:04 AM
He was a complete hypernutter, and i allways thought him to be imperviouse to wild animals.

Really sad and thoughts to his wife and kids. Cant imagine her reaction when she finds out. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Beuf_Ninja
09-04-2006, 03:11 AM
Very sad indeed, I was always impressed by his attention to the stress the animals suffer in the capture process. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

WOODY01
09-04-2006, 03:14 AM
Very sad indeed.
I dont think he was the 'nutter' he made out to be, I got the impression he had things very much under control, but his 'show biz' caracter was pritty full on. His absolute passion for wildlife and the natural enviroment was something to aspire to, as was his philanthropy work and love of Australia and his family.
A big loss I reckon. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif

BiscuitKnight
09-04-2006, 03:23 AM
Odds on them giving him a state funeral, though much as he did some good stuff, I don't think he earned that honour.

JG52Uther
09-04-2006, 03:28 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif RIP

WOLFMondo
09-04-2006, 03:40 AM
I'm shocked...that no one has quoted Southpark yet.

Feathered_IV
09-04-2006, 04:00 AM
Er..Oh my God, it's comming straight for us?

WOLFMondo
09-04-2006, 04:05 AM
Not quite.

woofiedog
09-04-2006, 04:07 AM
May God Bless! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Viper2005_
09-04-2006, 04:22 AM
Tragic, in the sense defined by Aristotle.

Beuf_Ninja
09-04-2006, 04:40 AM
I'm shocked...that no one has quoted Southpark yet.

Just for you Wolfmondo. I guess Steve will be
jammin' his thumb up angels butts from now on

Flying_Nutcase
09-04-2006, 05:41 AM
Hats off to him for doing what he loved.

RIP cobber.

smokincrater
09-04-2006, 05:47 AM
Sad yes http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif But what a full and rich life. Ironic that stingrays have only killed three people including Steve, for recorded history in Australia. To a legend I rise my beer glass and salute a wonderful Australian. Hip,Hip, Hooray! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

I fell sorry for the people in heaven right now with Steve Irwin and Graham Kenndy up there!

hotspace
09-04-2006, 05:48 AM
That's just awful news http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

R.I.P m8.

SeaFireLIV
09-04-2006, 05:51 AM
wow.

I always thought the guy just did very careful stunts, but was never really in danger. I suddenly have a lot more respect for him than I used to. A bit late now, I know...

Just goes to show you can`t mess with Nature for too long. You must respect it always.

My heartful condolences and prayers go to his family.

Capt.LoneRanger
09-04-2006, 05:56 AM
Odds on them giving him a state funeral, though much as he did some good stuff, I don't think he earned that honour.

Actually he did A LOT for education, for wildlife-preservation, Australian zoos and schools. And he was far from being a freak or something. He cared a lot about the animals, but he knew that to raise interest for nature in kids through the modern media, it's not enough to give a scientific review.

One shouldn't superificially call him a crazy guy, just because he sometimes played the clown.

HotelBushranger
09-04-2006, 06:04 AM
As well as an awesome bloke, Steve did a LOT of wildlife and environment conservation in Australia, a very worthy cause that should be recognised. The great thing is he never let the attention go to his head, rather he channelled it into his love of his family and animals, it's always obvious to see.

RIP To a fine Aussie.

DuxCorvan
09-04-2006, 06:08 AM
It was really unlucky that he was stung right in the breast. I guess he was swimming right above the stingray, or was holding it between his arms.

Had he been hit in the ankle or leg -as it is usual- he would have had a very painful experience, nothing more.

slipBall
09-04-2006, 06:09 AM
Being out of his natural enviroment... water really restricts his reflex abilities to avoid getting hurt. He certainly had great reflexes on land

panther3485
09-04-2006, 06:10 AM
R.I.P. Steve

RCAF_Irish_403
09-04-2006, 06:27 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif

just heard the news....

PBNA-Boosher
09-04-2006, 06:42 AM
Wow, I'm shocked. Yeah, we knew it might happen, but wow. We hear all the time about how animals can be dangerous, especially from him on his shows, and there it is, gone in a snap. Just like Grizzly man.

You did a jolly good show, mate! We'll miss you! RIP.

BiscuitKnight
09-04-2006, 06:42 AM
Originally posted by Capt.LoneRanger:
Actually he did A LOT for education, for wildlife-preservation, Australian zoos and schools. And he was far from being a freak or something. He cared a lot about the animals, but he knew that to raise interest for nature in kids through the modern media, it's not enough to give a scientific review.

One shouldn't superificially call him a crazy guy, just because he sometimes played the clown.

First point: I never said he was crazy. He acted like a weirdo for the audience, not because he was a total nut (although he did come off a bit country-bumpkinish when he was serious), anyone who can't piece that together, well, no hope.

Having said that, I found him at least mildly annoying and an embarassment to some degree - not since Croc Dundee have Australians been portrayed so stereotypically. That's who he was, and that was his act, sure.

That doesn't detract from the fact that he did do some pretty good things for conservation. But his fan club needs to get their noses out of... well, you know, and wake up to themselves: he wasn't a god. He wasn't the only conservationist. He was simply a passionate zoo keeper that, through his sheer quirkiness (AWW, CRIKEY! THAT COBRA JUST BIT ME! LOOK AT THE WAY I CONVULSE!) was a spectacle people found themselves more inclined to watch than David Attenbourgh (sp?).

My English teacher spent several years at Melbourne Zoo setting up communications networks so that kids in regional and rural schools could "experience the zoo" without having to travel several hundred kilometres. He campained for better conditions for the Elephants there. It doesn't compare in many ways to Steve Irwin, but all the same, if he'd been scouted instead, maybe we'd be mourning him right now, maybe he'd have been filming the docos and making the trashy B movies.

Again, I do not wish to detract from what Steve Irwin did, or start a debate. He was a good man and his death is tragic. All I said is that I don't think he warrants the whole State Funeral: only a handful of the Diggers received that honour, only a handful of long-serving politicians (and many of them are decent people who have one of the least respected jobs going, albeit much criticism of the whole is deserved: just watch "Question Time" to observe adults behaving like children) will get the honour, only a handful of people who did many great things, will be given the State Funeral. Steve Irwin did a good job for a few short years, if he'd spent many, many years in conservation and achieved something truly groundbreaking, then I would see it as fair. But let me ask you this: how long did the man who led the development of the cervical cancer vaccine work, and will he get a state funeral?

WOODY01
09-04-2006, 07:03 AM
Either way Ill bet theres alot of politions at the funeral, state funeral or not he did a hell of alot for Australia, Queensland, and Animals/conservaition/education (where dose one stop?)

Alot more than any of us will ever do Ill bet.

Bless him and his family!

Capt.LoneRanger
09-04-2006, 07:06 AM
One shouldn't superificially call him a crazy guy, just because he sometimes played the clown.

One, does not neccessarily mean you. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif

There were some more negative posts here and on other boards about him, because of what he seemed to be like. As you said - no hope for them.

BiscuitKnight
09-04-2006, 07:28 AM
Originally posted by Capt.LoneRanger:
One, does not neccessarily mean you. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif

There were some more negative posts here and on other boards about him, because of what he seemed to be like. As you said - no hope for them.

I was judging by the fact that I was the one who was quoted. The previous forums I visited, that generally meant that the comments applied strongest to you. Misunderstanding.

danjama
09-04-2006, 07:55 AM
Originally posted by HotelBushranger:
As well as an awesome bloke, Steve did a LOT of wildlife and environment conservation in Australia, a very worthy cause that should be recognised. The great thing is he never let the attention go to his head, rather he channelled it into his love of his family and animals, it's always obvious to see.

RIP To a fine Aussie.

That says it for me really. My thoughts are now with his poor wife and children. God bless em.

Capt.LoneRanger
09-04-2006, 08:05 AM
Should have made that more clear. Sorry.

Jasko76
09-04-2006, 08:27 AM
That's extremely sad http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif. Bugger!

LStarosta
09-04-2006, 09:14 AM
I grew up watching his shows and it's really sad to see him go at such a young age.

He was like the Steve Prefontaine of zoology.

T_O_A_D
09-04-2006, 09:24 AM
Thats really too bad.

I feel for the kids the most, Thats always been my fear, and has kept me at bay for years, on taking risk.

Scragbat
09-04-2006, 09:48 AM
Very shocking news http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

A good man with an unimaginable amount of enthusiasm. He seemed invincible. Truly one of a kind.

Rest in peace mate.

Divine-Wind
09-04-2006, 10:02 AM
Was shocked when my mother came up last night (after we finished a movie) and told me the news. Wow.

R.I.P., Mr.Irwin!

Sergio_101
09-04-2006, 10:22 AM
You can't equate "Bear Chow Treadwell" with
Steve Irwin.

Tim (Bear Chow) Treadwell boasted the bears were
just "Big fury party annimals".

Steve never missed a chance to remind
all of us that his work and annimals were
very dangerous.

That Tim Treadwell is bear pellets now does
not bother me in the least.

Steve was a funny guy. a real professional that
also lived on the edge.
May be hard to feel sorry, but I wish his family the best.

As to Tim Treadwell, his death may have saved
many from a death at the claws of his party annimals.
Bear pellets are a fit ending for him.

Sergio

DIRTY-MAC
09-04-2006, 10:40 AM
Its really sad http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

Death

Fans leave flowers at the Australia Zoo to mourn Irwin's sudden passing.Shortly after 11:00am local time on 4 September 2006, Irwin was fatally pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while diving off Queensland's Great Barrier Reef. The events were caught on camera and the footage is now in the possession of Queensland Police.[22] Irwin was in the area filming his own documentary, to be called Ocean's Deadliest, but weather had stalled filming. Irwin decided to take the opportunity to film some shallow water shots for his daughter's television program.[23] After reviewing the footage of the incident and speaking to the cameraman who recorded it, documentarian and former shark hunter Ben Cropp speculated that the stingray "felt threatened because Steve was alongside and there was the cameraman ahead..."[22] In such a case, the animal responds by automatically flexing the serrated barb on its tail, which is up to 30 centimeters (roughly 12 inches) in length, upward. In this case, the motion struck Irwin's chest and pierced his heart.[22] Crewmembers aboard his boat called emergency services in the nearest city and administered CPR as they rushed the boat to nearby Low Isle to meet a rescue helicopter. Medical staff pronounced Irwin dead when they arrived a short time later.[24] The BBC reported that this was only the second known fatality in Australian history from a stingray attack,[25] while The Age and CNN list it as the third.[23][26]

The Queensland Police Service notified his family and released a statement for the media concerning his death. News of his death prompted a public outpouring expressing shock and loss. Several Australian news websites went down because of high web traffic[27] and talk-back radio experienced a high volume of callers expressing their grief,[28] commemorating his passion and exuberance. Prime Minister John Howard, among many other politicians, expressed his "shock and distress" at the death, saying that "Australia has lost a wonderful and colourful son.€[29] Irwin's body was flown to a morgue in Cairns[citation needed], where stunned family and friends were gathering on Monday night. His wife Terri was informed of her husband's death while on a walking tour in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park in Tasmania, and returned to the Sunshine Coast with their two children.[citation needed]


RIP

slappedsilly
09-04-2006, 10:50 AM
Very sad. I have always admired him, because he seemed to truely love what he was doing. I feel sorry for his young children.

nearmiss
09-04-2006, 10:54 AM
He always put me in mind of an eight year old boy in his little short pants. He was over excited about everything...like an eight year old getting a new bike or something, when it was actually a king Cobra.

It was always fun to watch the guy.

He has a beautiful family, it's very sad.

heywooood
09-04-2006, 10:57 AM
Sad news - I liked him - thought he was funny and genuine, even as an entertainer.

An Australian icon, an environmnentalist, and a family man.

Tragic for his wife and kids. RIP

Lucius_Esox
09-04-2006, 11:14 AM
Sad news indeed.
Odd really but it's the sort of death (for me at least) that I will remember when and where I was when I heard about it..

Yep, for sure he appeared a nut nut in many peoples eyes, maybe it was because he had a passion for something not quite so fashionable nowedays, i.e. the planet/wildlife. I thought the way he put his message across was awesome, pure love of what he was doing and seeing... great bloke..

Btw Does anyone remember the footage of him in an F16 when he was doing a show on sidewinder's (snakes) Hilarious. He was gabbing off in the back of an F16 in his normal way and I'm sure he p1ssed the pilot off because he did a 9g turn... lol. Just remember seing his head slump into his chest, pass out, then start yacking again as soon as he came to..

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

heywooood
09-04-2006, 11:21 AM
I would love to see that...checking YouTube.


in reference to the previous post (last one on page 3)

Ruy Horta
09-04-2006, 11:23 AM
Very sad news indeed, great character lost!

On a side note. Today's audience is quickly bored and the need to find new and ever bigger thrills may have pushed him beyond even his limits (and knowledge).

But what a guy!!

SkyChimp
09-04-2006, 11:54 AM
I thought this thread was a joke, until I heard it confirmed on the news.

What a sad, sad loss. I know some controversy swirled about the man. But whether or not any of it was true is beside the fact. The fact is that he had one of the better shows that ever came on television. My kids and I would watch him whenever we could. I learned more about Australian snakes and crocs from him than I ever learned elsewhere. I used to look forward to the "Croc Hunter Weeks" that would come on Discovery Channel every now and then. His morning show for kids was great. And even if some people challenge his real contribution to science and conservation, he had great shows, and in times where the television is filled with ****, that his shows were good and worth watching is enough for me.

Peace to Steve Irwin, and his wife and children.

joeap
09-04-2006, 12:05 PM
I don't know what to add except I feel for his family, and think he was worth a lot more than most "celebrities" out there. I also want to add Mother Nature must always be respected.

Friendly_flyer
09-04-2006, 12:11 PM
Very sad news, but he himself on occasions said he lived on borrowed time. He has had several brushes with death in the past.

I'm honoured to say I share his trade, being a zoologist teaching children and the public about the wonders of nature (I work in the School dep. of the local Natural History Museum). I too love his shows, but I think his greatest contribution was to raise Australians awareness to their own wonderful nature. Only Australians can protect Australians wildlife. Mr. Erwin showed them that, in a uniquely Australian way.

major_setback
09-04-2006, 12:12 PM
Goodbye Steve. I thought he was foolhardy, but that's no sin. Sorry this happened.

The Stingray's dangerous barb: story and explanation (at the bottom of the page):

http://www.jerrylabella.com/stingray.html

Divine-Wind
09-04-2006, 12:20 PM
Originally posted by major_setback:
Goodbye Steve. I thought he was foolhardy, but that's no sin. Sorry this happened.

The Stingray's dangerous barb: story and explanation (at the bottom of the page):

http://www.jerrylabella.com/stingray.html
And that is why I have garnered a strong aversion to going into the ocean, unless it's in a boat, submarine, or submersible. (the Jaws series may have also had something to do with that too http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif)

Rest In Peace again, Croc Hunter.
hunterjedispirit.ytmnd.com (http://hunterjedispirit.ytmnd.com)

Haigotron
09-04-2006, 01:13 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif alas, he was such a character...rest in peace to him and my heart goes out to the familly

we used to watch him as much as we could on discovery

Fox_3
09-04-2006, 03:59 PM
Only the second person recorded in Australian history to be killed by a stingray! So says the BBC.

slo_1_2_3
09-04-2006, 04:43 PM
I heard about when I woke up, I feel realy sad to see him go, I think we need more people like him in the world who care about the creatures living around us and not just about makin as much money as possible, I also feel sorry for his family and his two kids who will grow up without a father,I've been watching his shows as long as I remember and remember him sayin that he doesn't want a croc to get him because everyone would say " I knew a croc would get em'" in kind of a funny voice. But this was truely sad news and hate to hear it.I also remeber him saying if there was anything he wanted to be remembered for it would be for his passion and enthusiasm for conservation .