For those who haven't heard, Steve "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin, 44, was killed this morning by a stingray near Port Douglas, Australia, while filming for his daughter's TV show. Irwin was evidently snorkeling when he passed over a stingray that was burried in the sand when the barb came up piercing his heart. Attacks on humans are a rarity - only one other person is known to have died in Australia from a stingray attack, at St Kilda, Melbourne in 1945.
Irwin was famous for his enthusiasm for wildlife and his catchword "Crikey!" in his television program "Crocodile Hunter." First broadcast in Australia in 1992, the program was picked up by the Discovery network, pushing him to international celebrity. He was the star of the 2002 film The Crocodile Hunters: Collision Course and developed his parents' wildlife park, Australia Zoo, into a major tourist attraction.