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Steve Irwin dies at age 44

Holy crap, y'all!
The Crocodile Hunter is ded from stingray!

Crikey.My mind is officially blown. I used to watch his show, and I always said I was waiting for the moment when he'd turn up dead in some freak animal attack. Well, now it actually happened. Stabbed through the chest by a 10 inch stingray barb. Not stabbed in the chest. No, no. Through the chest. The phrase, "stabbed a guy in the heart with a trident" seems way more real now.

Requiscat in Pace, Steve.

I will, however, wag my finger sternly at the press for publishing this before his wife was notified. That, to me, crosses an ethical line.

ETA: Okay, so the police in Tasmania have located his wife and informed her (and the article has been updated)... but still.

It's believed Mr Irwin's American-born wife Terri is trekking on Cradle Mountain in Tasmania and has yet to be told of her husband's death.

One report today said his American-born wife Terri was trekking on Cradle Mountain in Tasmania at the time of the tragedy.

Police in Tasmania said they had made contact with her and have passed on the news of her husband's death.


...yeah. Not cool.
ETA2: The obituary...which sources Wikipedia? Are you kidding me?
ETA3: OH MY GOD, PEOPLE. EIGHT NINE CONSECUTIVE STEVE IRWIN POSTS ON YE OLD F-LIST. There is so much woe.
ETA4: In case you're wondering what the effect of being stabbed by the poisonous barb of a 2.5 metre long stingray while swimming in salt water would be, it's "like a bayonet, like a bayonet on a rifle." Ouch.

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splits_thesky
Sep. 4th, 2006 05:04 am (UTC)
I still can't even process it, seriously.
virtuistic
Sep. 4th, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)
Does not compute! Does not compute!

Seriously, I was just flipping through the "Recent News" and 13 minutes ago... BAM. Crikey.
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nini_darko
Sep. 4th, 2006 05:13 am (UTC)
i'm so sad. sure the man was nutso, but my GOD he's more or less the reason i would have a job. He's done more for conservation then anyone in YEARS. I went to his fucking zoo in brisbane.

I'm fucking...just...wow.

brick killed a guy
virtuistic
Sep. 4th, 2006 05:18 am (UTC)
Can you imagine that? Stabbed through the chest by a stingray barb. Not just stabbed in the chest. No, no. Through.

Where'd you get a hand grenade?

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paperbinned
Sep. 4th, 2006 05:31 am (UTC)
Wow, I wake up from a really late nap and the Crocodile Hunter has been stabbed through the chest. This is, wow, yeah.
virtuistic
Sep. 4th, 2006 05:33 am (UTC)
LMFAO. I can't even imagine what it would've been like to have been in your position. Wandering bleary-eyed to the f-list and getting smacked in the face with stingray.

Good mooooorning!
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virtuistic
Sep. 4th, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)
Yeah... I think that explains it all. He was probably trying to wrestle it.
eloisem
Sep. 4th, 2006 06:18 am (UTC)
I am so fricken devastated over this :(
virtuistic
Sep. 4th, 2006 06:19 am (UTC)
Dude, I didn't realize how much legitimate sadness this is really causing.

My f-list is exploding in woe.
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laura_isaac
Sep. 4th, 2006 07:28 am (UTC)
I never liked the man but no one deserved to go like that... :(
virtuistic
Sep. 4th, 2006 07:37 am (UTC)
I liked him alright. I thought he was kind of askin' for it, but ow.
orangedust
Sep. 4th, 2006 08:22 am (UTC)
The man is a fucking king. He was one of those dudes you think is a bit of a dick when you first see him, but then after a while you realise that he is just a fucking champion and ya gotta love 'im.

Heh the woe has even spread to the graff scene, where people have taken to tagging "RIP STEVE IRWIN" and the forums are filled with "he was asking for it all along, but I was fucking hoping it would never happen, RIP you bloody ledgend" from about the entire aussie scene

virtuistic
Sep. 4th, 2006 08:23 am (UTC)
*pours a sip on the concrete*
slowbeats
Sep. 4th, 2006 12:47 pm (UTC)
aye that mad me sad DDD: I used to watch every his show when I was a kid
virtuistic
Sep. 4th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
Me too. And even though I was a cyical bastard as a child, and always said I he was asking for death... It's really really sad.
ratlyn
Sep. 4th, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
I'm on the verge of tears!!
virtuistic
Sep. 4th, 2006 05:41 pm (UTC)
*hug*
angelich
Sep. 4th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
god it's just so shocking and this is probably not the best thing to think, but I think it's sorta sad that he didn't die from a croc attack just because it would live up to his namesake. But then again, if those reports are true, he didn't feel any pain or died instantly. man this is a shocker.
virtuistic
Sep. 4th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
The reports on pain are contradicting themelves. Yahoo says he died instantly, one expert says it would be like being stabbed by a bayonet... which wouldn't be a slow death, but it wouldn't be instant. Shock would probably take away most, if not all, of the pain.
midnightshine
Sep. 4th, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
I really can't believe this at all, it is so out of the blue! Poor Steve Irwin, he was so kickass. This really sucks :(
virtuistic
Sep. 4th, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
No kidding. With a guy like him though, you kind of almost had to expect it to.
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