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Monday, September 04, 2006

Crikey! Steve Irwin killed by stingray

‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin’s heart was pierced by the serrated, poisonous spine of a stingray when he swam above the creature Monday. Irwin was shooting a new series called “Ocean’s Deadliest”on the Great Barrier Reef.

Irwin's death was just a blip on the radar for my girls. I'm not sure if they really know who he was. Keithen used to be a big fan and used to watch his show on the weekends a couple of years ago. I think he was sad to hear the news today.

A fatal stingray sting typically only happens a couple of times per year. Stingrays do have a serrated, toxin-loaded barb on the top of their tail. The barb, which can be up to 10 inches long, flexes if a ray is frightened. Stings usually occur to people when they step on or swim too close to a ray and can be excruciatingly painful but are rarely fatal. When they feel threatened, stingrays usually quickly swim away. The accident seems even more strange when you consider all the other dangerous creatures that Irwin handled in his career.

Irwin's manager and producer John Stainton was on board Irwin's boat, Croc One, at the time of the accidnet. He's been quoted in many of the news articles explaining what happened. “He came on top of the stingray and the stingray’s barb went up and into his chest and put a hole into his heart.”

Wow. Ouch. Talk about your extremely unlucky coincidences. If he'd have been struck by that barb almost anywhere else, maybe he'd have had a chance. The one thing that I guess you can say is that he died doing something that he really deeply loved. That's more than a lot of people can say.

Irwin is survived by his wife Terri, daughter Bindi Sue, 8, and son Bob, who will turn 3 in December. I feel so sad for his children, especially little Bob who will probably never remember his father. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with his family. Hopefully the love and prayers of his fans will somehow help the family through this sad time.




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