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Steve Irwin Dead

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 7 years ago | from the fighting-muffin-to-the-chest dept.

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mkosmo writes "News.com.au is reporting that Steve Irwin was killed in a freak accident while filming one of his well known documentaries. Surprisingly it wasn't a crocodile, it was a sting-ray."

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oblig (4, Funny)

Kell Bengal (711123) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035829)

Crickey!

Re:oblig (4, Funny)

HillBilly (120575) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035837)

Did you see that! It got me right in the chest... oh fuc.....

Re:oblig (1)

lems1 (163074) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035843)

harsh...

i see your point though... just it's harsh.

Re:oblig (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16035854)

If only I had mod points! That was knee-slapping funny.

Re:oblig (-1, Troll)

Sifer (318367) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035877)

How the fuck is that funny? You pieces of shit.

Re:oblig (5, Insightful)

Wind_Walker (83965) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035894)

It's called a "defense mechanism". I was making jokes during 9/11 too, because it helped me deal with it.

It was funny. Dark and morbid, sure. But funny.

Re:oblig (5, Insightful)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035899)

How the fuck is that funny? You pieces of shit.

It is damn funny. Irwin himself has probably play-acted a death like that a hundred times for the comedic effect.

Besides, all humor originates from the misfortune of others. Try to come up with something funnier than a knock-knock joke that isn't at the expense of someone - you'll be at it for quite a while.

Re:oblig (-1, Flamebait)

Sifer (318367) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035909)

No, someone died who did more than you EVER will! I'd like to go up to you now and stab a fucking stingray barb through your heart! THEN find it funny!

Re:oblig (5, Insightful)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035921)

No, someone died who did more than you EVER will!

Your sentence does not parse. I suggest you stop frothing.

I'd like to go up to you now and stab a fucking stingray barb through your heart! THEN find it funny!

Actually, the irony of your statement is very funny. Here you are going on and on about how terrible it is to joke at death, and now you have gone waaaay beyond that and are making death threats. You are clearly unbalanced if you think you've got any moral high ground any more.

Re:oblig (-1, Offtopic)

Sifer (318367) | more than 7 years ago | (#16036000)

Great, someone trying to justify themselves by:

a: Pointing out the grammar of my post.
b: Trying to reverse the comment I made regarding death so you don't look like such a prick.

But the thing is, you obviously don't comprehend. If I was to stab you in the heart with a Stingray barb, you WOULD NOT find it funny. If I was to stab your closest friend or family in the heart with a stingray barb, it WOULD NOT be funny. But yet here you are, making "funny" comments on someone who has given more information than (yes, this next part is true believe it or not) you or any of your friends or anyone you know, to the people of this Earth, regarding animals and nature.

So don't try your reverse psychology bullshit on me. Get out of your mother's basement and stop humping your dog, and realise what a loss this is, instead of making stupid fucking comments.

Re:oblig (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16035931)

If he had a well-known funny accent and said "Crikey" when you did it, it WOULD be funny.

Re:oblig (-1, Redundant)

riceboy50 (631755) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035955)

Mod parent up. Loss of a human life is not funny unless it's fake.

Re:oblig (1)

Planesdragon (210349) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035957)

You seem to think that an act can only invoke a single emotional state.

This actor's death certainly invokes somber reflection on the mortality of us all, encourages sympahty for his family, and causes sadness to thsoe who knew him or his work, but -- given the nature of it -- it's also funny.

Imagine if one of the actors from a Jackass TV show died in one of their stunts. Sad, tradgic, et al -- and, again, funny.

Re:oblig (0)

linguizic (806996) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035945)

They had to be filming when it happened. I wonder if we're going to see this in the next faces of death film.

Steve Irwin gets killed by a stingray (1)

starrsoft (745524) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035929)

What a shocker!

frisishashed pozisashed (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16035830)

frosizza my pozizza

Honestly, this was a long time coming (5, Insightful)

grasshoppa (657393) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035831)

I feel for his kids. These poor kids are going to grow up with a father. All they are going to really know about him is going to be what they see on TV.

Re:Honestly, this was a long time coming (1)

TrisexualPuppy (976893) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035871)

Nice try at First Post. I hope that you lose karma because of this. You LOSE. Good DAY, sir!

Re:Honestly, this was a long time coming (2, Interesting)

BifurcatedFocus (579276) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035880)

Yes. Very sad for the kids, especially. Sad for his wife too, but she made the choice to marry such a risk-taker. Speaking of which, who was watching the kids anyway? The Age reports: It's believed his American-born wife Terri is trekking on Cradle Mountain in Tasmania and authorities are trying to reach her with news of her husband's death.

He played the game (0, Flamebait)

pair-a-noyd (594371) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035832)

Anyone that takes that many chances with that many dangerous animals is going to get it, sooner or later.
I was always appalled at how he behaved around animals, what an idiot.
Darwin 1, Irwin 0

Re:He played the game (1)

linguizic (806996) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035867)

Seeing how he has kids I fail to see how this is darwinian. Now if his kids all kill themselves before they reproduce then the final tally will be as you say it is. However, I have a feeling that one of his kids will see this as a reason to pursue accountancy or better yet actuarial science.

Darwin (3, Insightful)

Mark_MF-WN (678030) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035875)

You know that Mister Irwin has already reproduced successfully, right? And that he will leave quite a bit of money to his offspring? I'll lay 10-to-1 odds that his offspring will be more successfull than any of ours. They'll have their father's wealth, outstanding physical health, and at least a shred of his fame.

Ironically... (3, Insightful)

patio11 (857072) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035991)

Steve Irwin mustered more humanity for the lowest lizard on one of his documentaries than /. seems to be able to muster for him. "reproduced successfully" "offspring" These are not words which one generally uses with regards to people, and certainly not when a family is currently grieving the loss of their father.

Well (-1, Flamebait)

JumperCable (673155) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035833)

nobody saw that one coming.

Re:Well (0, Troll)

Stormscape (998750) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035848)

For a guy who spends his whole life almost getting eaten by crocs and snakes, death by stingray is pretty lame. I bet his lasts words were either A. I'm alright mate! B. Isn't she a beauty? or C. Oh fuc...

Thanks Steve (5, Insightful)

RunFatBoy.net (960072) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035836)

Steve should be commended for his efforts over the years. His enthusiasm was infectious.

Unfortunately, while he stood as a model environmentalist, he now stands as an example of the dangers of directly interacting with wild animals.

Jim
http://www.runfatboy.net/ [runfatboy.net] - Exercise for the rest of us.

Re:Thanks Steve (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16035914)

Unfortunately, while he stood as a model environmentalist, he now stands as an example of the dangers of directly interacting with wild animals.

Yeah, but he could have also died by being run over by a bus. Dieing by a stingray attack is somehow fitting for such a great life. How many countless children do you think he inspired with his shows? He is one of the few stars of which you could say that society was better because of him.

Re:Thanks Steve (4, Insightful)

NineNine (235196) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035949)

"Unfortunately, while he stood as a model environmentalist, he now stands as an example of the dangers of directly interacting with wild animals."

Why is this unfortunate? I think that this is fortunate in two ways:

1. Stupid people are less likely to mess with wild animals. That's good for the animals.

2. People are reminded that no matter what kind of technology we have, nature is going to get ALL of us in the end, and there's a good chance that many of us could be easily wiped out by something as massive as a hurricane or as wild as a stingray (apparently). It teaches people to be both humbled and awed by nature. That's good for people.

Re:Thanks Steve (5, Funny)

Coneasfast (690509) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035997)

Yep. I have the upmost respect for him, I could never get into that much danger. Luckily computer parts don't have sharp claws. Imagine upgrading your video card: "Isn't she a beauty, a brand new nVidia 78... Crikey! the fucker bit me!"

Freak? (0, Flamebait)

geoff lane (93738) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035840)

As a serial animal botherer, it was bound to happen eventually.

Invincible (2, Insightful)

Freaky Spook (811861) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035883)

The way his character was built though, he became a living legend, you sort of just expected him to live and keep doing what he did.

A lot of people I have spoken to feel the same way, much like when Princess Di died, its just almost inconceivable.

He was a controversial Australian hero and I hope he will be remembered for all the good things he did and not just the bad.

Re:Invincible (4, Funny)

plover (150551) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035936)

its just almost inconceivable.

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Re:Invincible (1)

Freaky Spook (811861) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035962)

What? I only used that word once in my post.

Re:Invincible (1)

ChiPHeaD23 (147491) | more than 7 years ago | (#16036006)

WHOOSH as the joke goes right over your head.
GPP was referring to The Princess Bride [imdb.com] .

Re:Invincible (1)

ravenshrike (808508) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035953)

Or at least be killed by something more dangerous than a stingray.

Re:Invincible (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16035968)

Well actually, much like Paul Hogan he's not that big in Australia as a celebrity. Particularly amongst travellers who are blasted with his stupid quarantine video whenever we come back into the country.

I've met him IRL though and he was a top bloke, my condolences go out to his family and friends. In all honesty though, if he was ever asked the ways he wanted to go out I'm fairly certain this would have been in the top 3.

Crikey! (0, Redundant)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035842)

nuttin else, just that.

Crikey!

Freak Accident? (1)

irving47 (73147) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035845)

Oh come on... That's like saying it was unusual or surprising that John Candy died of a heart attack.
I don't mean to diminish him or be mean... I liked him... /I'm out five bucks. I had "cobra mishap." "croc attack" wasn't even money. //I kid, I kid. Sorry. I liked him. Really. ///oops. this isn't fark, is it?

Re:Freak Accident? (2, Insightful)

Archades54 (925582) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035862)

it's VERY unlucky to be stung and die from a stingray, they don't actively defend themselves, so it most likely just swam past and accidentally flicked him.

i live 200km South of where it happened, makes me realize how much caution you need around the wildlife of the sea.

Didn't see that coming (3, Funny)

linguizic (806996) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035846)

I always thought he would die of cancer, or heart attack at age 90. Who knew that chasing wild animals to pin them down could be so dangerous?

Noo (0, Troll)

FlipmodeBG (953299) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035849)

Noo, noooo... F*cking sting-rays!

incredible (1)

jigjigga (903943) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035850)

When I first read this on the interweb i thought it was a joke, i mean come on we have all joked about the guy being crazy and one day a croc would get em... Now that it has happened it is hard to do so anymore. Barb through the heart, that is brutal. RIP steve.

Crikey!!!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16035851)

Well, now that I think of it, no more 'Crickey'

why did it kill him? (5, Interesting)

ftsf (886792) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035852)

from wikipedia:
Dasyatids do not attack aggressively, or even actively defend themselves. When threatened their primary reaction is to swim away. However, when they are attacked by predators or stepped on, the barbed stinger in their tail is mechanically whipped up, usually into the offending foot; it is also possible, although less likely, to be stung "accidentally" by brushing against the stinger.
what did he do to cause a stingray to kill him? TFA says it was a freak accident. but was it really? what were the stingray's intentions?

Re:why did it kill him? (1)

momomao (993075) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035891)

Even more oddly, Yahoo's article states that Steve died frmo the barb penetrating his heart...WTF? I can understand brushing against or accidentally stepping on the barb, but how did it impale him?

Re:why did it kill him? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16035956)

I'm guessing he may have fallen forward onto it, and the ray reflexively spiked him. Stingrays like to hang out in shallow water, and it's easy to slip :(

Re:why did it kill him? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16035981)

Sting-rays are pretty dangerous.. I had a friend get stung by one a couple weeks ago while surfing (San Diego).

When you're walking in the water where sting-rays are, you're supposed to shuffle your feet instead of picking them up, as they're only violent when you step on them... but once you anger one, you basically have to hope it tries to barb your leg instead of your chest. Their stinger can be very long, and it's sharp (duh), so if it hits you in a bad place.. =/

Re:why did it kill him? (3, Interesting)

Minstrel Boy (787690) | more than 7 years ago | (#16036007)

Sting rays can be big critters, and when they whip that tail the barb goes where it goes. Friend of the family took one through the knee decades ago - that's through the knee JOINT, from posterior lower to anterior upper leg. Three months in the hospital (infection) and never walked thereafter without a limp. People who work in/around the shallows are much more afraid of sting rays than shark attack - when you've got an eight-inch spike through you, it doesn't help much to say it was "inadvertent" rather than "intentional".

On the bright side, Terri's now available! ;)

KeS

Re:why did it kill him? (4, Interesting)

TheDugong (701481) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035960)

What do you reckon? I would bet serious money on him doing the usual lets annoy a wild animal so I can look cool and have my own TV channels. But guess what, humans cannot move anywhere near as fast as fish underwater. I am a pretty experienced scuba diver and have seen more stingrays than I can remember. I have been slammed by a big (~2M disc diameter) stingray in an aquarium (a mate sneaked some frozen fish into my pocket :) ), it was absolutely hilarious, far from scary. They are simply not agressive. They filter sand for little crustacean and fish fodder. You would have to seriously provoke them for them to do more than just swim away. I wonder if the film footage (there is bound to be some) will ever surface.

Just goes to prove what geeks have always known (3, Funny)

east coast (590680) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035853)

It's best to admire nature from afar... like on TV. People think we're just lazy fat hermits but you don't see us getting ate by bears!

Right on! (1)

copponex (13876) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035959)

Steve saw the whole world, met thousands of people, and made a positive contribution to the earth as a whole. I'm glad I got to watch it on TV. It's just like doing something!

News.com or News.com.au (1, Informative)

akeyes (720106) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035855)

News.com is reporting that

Should be News.com.au

Is he the crazy guy that screws with crocs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16035857)

Is he that crazy ausie that screws with the crocs? Like using a lawnmower to keep one away?

Re:Is he the crazy guy that screws with crocs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16035892)

Actualy he used the lawn mower to, gasp, mow the grass. It just happened to be grass inside a croc's enclosure.

Which one done it? (2)

Skiron (735617) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035859)

Was it Troy Tempest, Phones, or even Marina??

Steve Irwin dead at 44 (1, Funny)

Clockwurk (577966) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035861)

I just heard some sad news on talk radio - veternarian/croc hunter Steve Irwin was found dead in his Queensland home this morning. There were not any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you did not enjoy his work, there is no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an Australian icon.

Re:Steve Irwin dead at 44 (1)

downunda_wookiee (755913) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035895)

I just heard some sad news on talk radio - veternarian/croc hunter Steve Irwin was found dead in his Queensland home this morning. There were not any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you did not enjoy his work, there is no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an Australian icon.

RTFM. He was killed in the water by a sting ray... unless he had a sting ray in his waterbed??

Re:Steve Irwin dead at 44 (1)

ekhben (628371) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035930)

RTFM. He was killed in the water by a sting ray... unless he had a sting ray in his waterbed??

What sort of 'documentary' was he producing, exactly? I thought it was Rex Hunt who had that sort of reputation!?

Re:Steve Irwin dead at 44 (1)

Skippy_kangaroo (850507) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035963)

For those not in the know - Rex Hunt is a TV fishing presenter whose 'tag' was kissing fish he caught before throwing them back.

There have been less savoury interpretations of his actions and he has been in the news lately for off-screen activities.

In short, mod the parent up - it's funny.

Re:Steve Irwin dead at 44 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16035972)

Oh, you newbie :)

This is a variation of the "Stephen King" troll/joke - a very well-known troll that is now actually funny (though in poor taste).
If you are missing some other well-known Slashdot jokes such as 'All your base', Natalie Portman and hot grits, 1.2.3.Profit, In Soviet Russia etc. you can find them on Wikipedia.

(BTW, don't feel too bad - I've been caught out replying seriously to the troll about Macs taking forever to copy, and the one about the record store owner who is going out of business due to music piracy ;)

A real shame (4, Interesting)

Centurix (249778) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035863)

I only live 30 minutes from his Australia Zoo at Beerwah and have watched him perform the croc stuff a couple of times and it was very entertaining.

I remember trying to take a photograph of my kid at the petting zoo while his kid was in there and I was politely asked not to. Mind you, it was just after the whole 'dangling the baby in front of the baby eating crocodile' incident, I can understand the paranoia at the time.

R.I.P. (1)

psykocrime (61037) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035864)

Rest In Peace Steve.

Re:R.I.P. (1)

Punboy (737239) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035920)

My condolences to his wife and kids, as well as those closest to him. This is a sad day for nature lovers everywhere, and his fans will miss him greatly.

R.I.P. Steve. (4, Insightful)

ColaMan (37550) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035870)

Poor old Steve - but at least went out was doing what he loved, as opposed to getting hit by a bus or something.
I met him briefly once or twice - he was a friend of a friend - and while he used to ham it up for the cameras, he was a nice guy and very passionate about wildlife.

*sigh*

He will be missed.

Re:R.I.P. Steve. (4, Funny)

HappyEngineer (888000) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035919)

This reminds me of the death of Douglas Adams. He was a funny writer and he died while exercising. Truly ironic. If one has to die then it's nice that the death be apropos to the type of person you are.

If I die an early death, I hope it's due to a meteorite hitting me while sitting at my computer.

Fastest Travellling News (5, Interesting)

Heir Of The Mess (939658) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035872)

This is the fastest I've ever seen news hit the front page on slashdot.

In fact since this news broke an hour ago I've received 1 phone call, 4 SMS's and 6 e-mails about it. A coworker came running to tell me about it and 88+ news items about it have appeared so far on Google News. Just goes to show that people really care about Steve Irwin.

With that kind of influence it makes you wonder what he might have achieved if he hadn't died.

Re:Fastest Travellling News (2, Interesting)

linguizic (806996) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035887)

I'm not so sure the speed of this news item travelling shows how much people cared for him. I think it's more indicative of how interested we all have been for years about how he was going to meet his end.

Re:Fastest Travellling News (1)

kylemonger (686302) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035952)

Indeed, I saw the news posted over on Digital Photography Review of all places.

Not to worry... (2, Funny)

JacksBrokenCode (921041) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035896)

This is the fastest I've ever seen news hit the front page on slashdot.

It'll be posted again in a week.

Re:Fastest Travellling News (1)

MrCreosote (34188) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035903)

Try and remember what you were doing when you heard the news, so you can answer the inevitable question in years to come.

Re:Fastest Travellling News (2)

HillBilly (120575) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035907)

Love him or hate him. Steve was a good guy doing what he loved and will be remembered that way.

Re:Fastest Travellling News (1)

Jrabbit05 (943335) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035925)

Steve will be sorely missed. I think thats the just of this really.

Re:Fastest Travellling News (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16035977)

gist!

The world is lessened (4, Insightful)

Wylfing (144940) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035873)

I heard about this a couple of hours ago while talking online on a MUD I used to code for. The first thought I had was that the world was a lesser place without him, just like the world was reduced when Fred Rogers passed. This was a Grade-A human being, and in an odd way very important to me. Let's just say my dog's name is Bindi.

Good luck, Steve.

He was cringeworthy but... (5, Informative)

1stdoc (959919) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035878)

.. it's sad to see him go. As an Australian it was always a bit embarassing the way he perpetuated that particular stereotype but he did a lot of good for the country, not just for tourism but for conservation as well. A fair chunk of his money went straight back to buying up tracts of land for conservation.

Re:He was cringeworthy but... (1)

skeptictank (841287) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035924)

Sounds like he went out doing what he loved. That's as good a way to go as there is. I never would have figured a stingray though.

Respect (5, Insightful)

riceboy50 (631755) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035879)

I am a little appalled by the reaction of many /.ers. This was a guy with a family. You have no idea whether he was responsible and careful with animals, not being animal trainers yourselves. All you have is your uninformed opinion about it. Have a little respect for the guy, if only because he was more than just a TV star.

Re:Respect (1)

irving47 (73147) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035898)

I made a joke, but agree... It's possible to be respectful and still joke about it. Can you imagine what they're going to say at his funeral?

Re:Respect (4, Insightful)

linguizic (806996) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035980)

Oh come on! If I had his job I would expect people to crack wise if I died the way he did. Yes, he was a good guy, and I feel bad for his family. But look at it this way: this summer my mom was diagnosed with cancer and underwent chemo. To relieve stress my brother and I would tell yo' mama jokes and they would always end up with "oh yeah? well yo' mama has cancer" which got the biggest laughs. You have to laugh at death, or else you're just going to feel like shit all the time.

My mother's in remission if anyone cares.

The stringray ... (1)

FIT_Entry1 (468985) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035893)

.. had a frickin' laserbeam attached to it's head.

Happy Labor Day!

Freak accident? (1)

bombshelter13 (786671) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035905)

s/freak accident/completely unsurprising, predictable accident/

RIP, Steve (2, Insightful)

ekhben (628371) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035908)

Like him or think he's a tool, he's entertained millions for years, and he's done his bit to help the environment, both through education and monetary contributions. Take a moment to reflect on that, THEN post yer jokes. ;)

News travels fast (1)

Ignorant Aardvark (632408) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035916)

I sat on this one for a little bit after I first found out because it seemed sort of unconfirmed, but now that it's received significant press coverage, I've added it to the front page of Wikipedia. It's quite amazing how fast news travels these days.

Re:News travels fast (1)

DavidHOzAu (925585) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035969)

Yes, I just submitted this story myself, with an obligatory link to Wikinews since it's more comprehensive than any other news story I've seen so far.

Just after 11:00 AM local time, (0100 UTC,) Steve Irwin was killed by a sting-ray barb to the heart [wikinews.org] . He was swimming off the Low Isles [news.com.au] at Port Douglas [wikipedia.org] filming an underwater documentary and that's when it occurred. His wife, Terri, who is trekking on Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, hasn't yet been informed.
In hindsight, I'd say this story came up seconds after I clicked on the submit page and started typing.

You know what?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16035939)

I really hate it when that happens.

FedEx (3, Funny)

LouisZepher (643097) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035942)

I am suddenly reminded of that FedEx commercial he was in. The one where he gets bit by the snake, and he says "That's no problem, we have a shipment of antivenom arriving via FedEx", then an off-camera voice says: "Uh, we didn't use FedEx this time..."

As soon a I heard about it... (1)

Legodude522 (847797) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035946)

I was surprised to see it on SlashDot so early. I immediatly called my girlfriend who is a naturefreak herself at 1:45am. She even got an autographed picture of his family from him.

Steve will be missed!

good-bye (1)

angelus errare (984448) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035948)

He was a charismatic, funny, and nutty sort of guy. Past the crocodile wrestling, he was an amazing conservationist, bringing attention to some of the plights that Australian wildlife are facing. I feel bad for his family, especially because of all the people that are going to make distasteful jokes about this...

oh man (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16035954)

I loved that guy. Amazing how many people I know who like him too.

RIP Steve.

*weeps like a baby*

Of all the places to see this... (1)

Jeian (409916) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035958)

I didn't think it'd be on Slashdot. :P

Ignoring all the stupid crap (5, Insightful)

rampant mac (561036) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035961)

Ignoring all the stupid crap and lame jokes that I'm sure will get posted well before (and after) I make my comments....

*You* may have not liked the guy; maybe you hated him. His style, his 'in your face attitude' about "Outback" animals might have been a little bit too 'kooky' for what most mainstream Americans are used to. But anyway...

I met him once while on a flight out to LA (I think he was doing the Late Show /w Leno) and honestly I've never met anyone who had such a zest for life. Seriously, the guy was so upbeat about EVERYTHING, it was hard to ignore him.

People like him are so special. I'll never forget him, and I hope you all won't either.

Re:Ignoring all the stupid crap (4, Funny)

irving47 (73147) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035995)

There are GOING to be jokes. Doesn't mean people disrespect him. You simply can't pull the stuff he pulled and not get some barbs along the way.

Stingray? (1)

mugnyte (203225) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035964)

From the Grouptionary [wikipedia.org] :

"Dasyatids do not attack aggressively, or even actively defend themselves. When threatened their primary reaction is to swim away. However, when they are attacked by predators or stepped on, the barbed stinger in their tail is mechanically whipped up, usually into the offending foot; it is also possible, although less likely, to be stung "accidentally" by brushing against the stinger. Contact with the stinger causes local trauma (from the cut itself), pain and swelling from the venom, and possible infection from parts of the stinger left in the wound, as well as from seawater entering the wound. It is possible for ray stings to be fatal if they sever major arteries, are in the chest or pelvic region, or are improperly treated."

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The antics of dancing around dangerous animals will detract from this man's legacy forever. At his core, he was indeed a strong advocate for protecting natural habitats. Too bad he felt needed to traipse around in them. The lasting irony is that he was filming a production to "demystify the stingray" - no mystery here, they're fucking dangerous (but rarely deadly).

We will miss him. (0, Redundant)

Deflatamouse! (132424) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035965)

:( :( :(

Farewell Steve. (1)

vchoy (134429) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035974)

He showed us all about what the wild was about..very intense and exciting and that was reflected in his personality.
A man who was passionate about his work, his fellow people, and the environment.
Though this was an unfortunate event, it just shows that we must respect not just the wildest of animals that can kill, but those that we share our environment with, including ourselves.

So Steve...'respect' - thanks for all the work you and your family have achieved. The legacy will live on.
A true blue Aussie.
RIP mate.

An awesome life full of adventure (4, Insightful)

Pizaz (594643) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035982)

I admire Steve's courage, his enthusiasm, his zest for life and for letting us all share a little bit of the wondererous life he lived. Many of us can only hope to be so lucky as to live a life that isn't mundane, tedious and predictable. Steve's been to more places, witnessed more beautiful and fascinating cultures and people and animals than most of us would if we had 3 lives to live. He knew the risks and chose to live his life the way he wanted to live it. Not many people can say that. We're all gonna die. Might as well go out while living life to the fullest.

Alliance (0, Troll)

Spookticus (985296) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035984)

this is just the start of the crocidile sting-ray alliance. Their next target is the host of that Funniest Videos show

Now that's ironic (1)

Skippy_kangaroo (850507) | more than 7 years ago | (#16035986)

I just can't get over the irony.

Slashdot - news for nerds - is eulogising someone who is the epitome of everything that geeks are not. To top it all off the news hits Slashdot so fast that I found out about it through an off-topic post in another Slashdot story, and then see it on the front page before I saw it in my newspaper (www.smh.com.au so it's the sort of thing they report on). I can't wait for Muscle magazine to eulogise Stephen Hawkins.

Rest in peace (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16036001)

Joining with all the other comments, I'd also like to say that he was a good guy that did good work. He will be missed.
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