Filming a documentary off the Great Barrier Reef on Monday, Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, 44, was killed when he was stung by the bard tail of a stingray.
Apparently Irwin was swimming over the stingray, when it suddenly turned around, shot out its tale, and stabbed Irwin right in the heart. And to think we all assumed sharks were bad enough...
Irwin's sudden death is a major loss to his wife and two children. Earlier this afternoon, it was noted in the press that his wife had not yet even found out about her husband's death!!! She had been away on vacation when Irwin faced his demise in the Great Barrier Reef.
Irwin, best known as the "Crocodile Hunter," made a career out of high risk encounters with crocodiles and other wild animals. Cheating death on a number of occasions, many people presumed Irwin to be completely insane, questioning why he would keep putting his life in harm's way after so many near-death incidents.
When one subjects one's self to such dangerous circumstances, working to tame and train wild animals that just want to be left alone, it is almost destiny that one faces a tragic ending such as the one Irwin faced on Monday.
R.I.P. Crocodile Hunter.