September 04, 2006

R.I.P. Croc Hunter

Steve Irwin, otherwise known as the "croc hunter", was killed the other day while filming a documentary about the underwater dangers of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Apparently, Irwin's chest was pierced by the barbed tail of a stingray. From what I have heard, a stingray attack is not normally fatal for humans but Irwin had the extreme misfortune of having his heart pierced by the stingray. Although the serrated stingray tail injects toxins into its victims, Irwin’s cause of death was most likely the severing of the aorta. This would have resulted in all of the body’s blood volume being pumped into the chest cavity causing unconsciousness followed by a quick death.

“He would have known what had happened but he'd be blacking out fast. It would have been very quick, exactly the same as if he had been stabbed in the heart.” Says M & C News.

I feel bad for the pop culture icon even though his occupation seemed to invite danger as a matter of course and I wonder if it wasn’t perhaps ill advised to be so close to such a dangerous creature. Rest in peace, Croc Hunter.

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