Steve Irwin, the popular Australian film and television personality, environmentalist and animal rights advocate known to millions of fans worldwide as The Crocodile Hunter was killed Monday this week after being stung in the chest by a stingray. The incident occurred during a diving expedition while Irwin was filming an underwater documentary near the Great Barrier Reef. He was 44 years old.
Irwin collapsed at Batt Reef, Low Isle, near the resort town of Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia at approximately 11 a.m. local time, according to a statement issued by the Queensland Police Service. Crew members aboard Irwin’s boat, Croc One, called emergency services and performed CPR on Irwin as they rushed him by boat to the nearest town. An emergency helicopter was dispatched as soon as Irwin’s crew called for medical treatment, but Irwin was pronounced dead at the scene.