I thought it was a joke. I thought it was just a bad dream. I received an sms just minutes ago from my good friend Ju, back in Australia. In the sms, she said, "My god Z, your Steve Irwin has passed away." For those who do not know Steve Irwin, he is one of Australia's most famous personalities, the owner of Australia Zoo and the star of the Crocodile Hunter documentary series. He is a legend! Ju wasn't lying. A check with the news confirms this. I cannot believe it. My hero has died. From The Age:
Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, has died after being struck by a stingray barb in Queensland.To me, he was indestructable. To me, he is my real hero. I remember going to his zoo many times when I was a boy. I've even met him twice. He was an amazing bloke who was friendly to people and very energetic. He gave me the passion for the animals, wildlife and conservation. I caught my first snake thanks to him. I've watched his shows. I've followed his career and his life. He will be dearly missed.
Mr Irwin, 44 died after the stingray barb went through his chest while he was shooting a documentary off Port Douglas.
The Queensland Police Service has confirmed Mr Irwin's death. In a statement, it said Mr Irwin collapsed after being stung by a sting ray at Batt Reef, off Port Douglas, about 11am.
After being struck, Mr Irwin's crew called for medical treatment and the Emergency Management Queensland Helicopter responded, but he was dead before the treatment arrived.
To Terri, Bindi and Bob: I'm very sorry about your loss. I'm very sure he was a great husband and an amazing dad! All of Australia and the world are with you on this sad day.
To Steve: May god bless you mate and thanks for being my hero. "Croc Rules!"
Gosh, this is so sad (I.Z. in tears and in shock).
The actual statement from Queensland police announcing his death. (Thanks Shy)
The producer of Steve's film company, held a press conference earlier today outlining the circumstances of Steve's untimely death and the events that surrounded it. (Thanks Lisa)
Fans worldwide are talking about Stevo on the Animal Planet's forum. (Thanks Boywonder)
Reader Stross tells me that The Crocodile Hunter website has crashed and a lot of websites are down after they reported the news of Steve's death. (Thanks Stross)
The location on Google Maps where Steve was stung by the stingray. (Thanks GeekGod)
Steve Irwin loved Singapore Zoo
Steve Irwin Tribute (his last ever interview)