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.
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.