Steve Irwin killed by sting ray

I just heard on the news that Steve Irwin, aka the Crocodile Hunter, was killed by a sting ray while filming a new documentary. Google news links to more coverage.

“Steve was hit by a stingray in the chest,” said local diving operator Steve Edmondson, whose Poseidon boats were out on the Great Barrier Reef when the accident occured. (

Yes, he was annoying in his over-the-top way but he was entertaining and made wildlife interesting for youngsters who might never have watched a nature programme!

Darren Rowse recognised that bloggers can learn lessons from Steve Irwin about passion, individuality, optimism. Go watch his old programmes again. They’re sure to be shown again soon!

Here’s how he might have died, if the sting ray hadn’t got him first: