I was indeed very saddened to hear of Steve Irwin’s death..and what bad luck was that..to be stung..in the heart no less..by a Stingray on a diving expedition for a documentary. Life need not imitate fiction with stories like this one.
From the Associated Press:
CAIRNS, Australia – Steve Irwin, the hugely popular Australian television personality and environmentalist known as the “Crocodile Hunter,” was killed Monday by a stingray while filming an underwater documentary on the Great Barrier Reef. He was 44.
Irwin was killed by a stingray barb to the heart on Batt Reef, off the remote resort town of Port Douglas in northeastern Queensland state, his wildlife park Australia Zoo said in a statement.
Crew members aboard Irwin’s boat, Croc One, called emergency services in the nearest city, Cairns, and administered CPR as they rushed the boat to nearby Low Isle to meet a rescue helicopter. Medical staff pronounced Irwin dead a short time later, the statement said.
Deepest condolances to his wife child and family.