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Steve Irwin's Death Caught on Tape

It sounds like it happened so fast that no one could do anything to stop it.

BRISBANE, Australia (CNN) -- "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, the Australian naturalist killed by a stingray on Monday, was videotaped pulling a poisonous barb from his chest just before he died, according to news reports.


Irwin's manager John Stainton, who was among the television crew on the reef, said the accident was caught on videotape.

He described the footage of his friend dying as "terrible."

"It shows that Steve came over the top of the ray and the tail came up, and spiked him (in the chest), and he pulled it out and the next minute he's gone," Stainton said.

"That was it. The cameraman had to shut down (after that)," Stainton said. Stainton will talk more about the footage on "Larry King Live" tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

I saw Steve's show several times but wasn't a regular viewer. However, every time I saw it I learned something new.

I have noticed a few people throughout the 'sphere compare Steve's death to Grizzly Man's, but I don't see any similarity at all. The Grizzly Man was a nut who actually thought he could live with grizzly bears safely. Steve, on the other hand, was completely aware of the danger involved in his profession. I remember on at least one occasion when I saw his show, after he had just wrestled with a crocodile, warning his viewers to never try to get too close to wild animals themselves, that what he and his cohorts were doing was very dangerous.

Last night Animal Planet had a marathon showing of the Crocodile Hunter and I caught one show. I turned it on just in time to see Steve Irwin, at another place and time and completely unaware of the fate waiting for him on September 4th, 2006, say that he would want to be remembered as passionate and a conservationist.

I'd say his wish is being honored.


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Comments (56)

It may have been unfair spi... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

It may have been unfair spin in the documentary, but the Grizzly Man seemed to me to know the danger he faced and to have committed suicide by Grizzly.

Anyone who loved and respec... (Below threshold)
muirgeo:

Anyone who loved and respected animals and nature the way Steve did has to be a good man in my book.

If some one has no respect for nature I personally have no respect for them.

Although 44 is definitely t... (Below threshold)

Although 44 is definitely too young to have passed, I believe Steve dies doing what he loved. In his short time, he truly "lived" life fuller than most of use could ever dream. We should all be so lucky.

Eeeeeesh.....I was wonderin... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Eeeeeesh.....I was wondering when this tape might surface. Poor Steve. I second Clancy's sentiments.

I'll think twice before swimming/snorkeling with rays next year in Cayman...

Steve is the great man. Eve... (Below threshold)
Srikanth Vadlakonda:

Steve is the great man. Everybody likes him. he will be in my heart forever has great man.
Harrisburg,PA

What a neat person Steve wa... (Below threshold)
Nicole:

What a neat person Steve was, he brought so much planet awarness to the world. I will always admire what a real person we was, and what he did for the planet. Condolences to his lovely family, may they carry on his work.

My husband and I will miss ... (Below threshold)
Del Macey:

My husband and I will miss Steve so very much. We felt like we really knew him, like he was part of out family. We feel so bad for his wife and his children. His daughter will remember her father, but his son is so young. We feel for his dad and family and friends. It is a terrible lost. Sincerely Del & Jimmy Macey

My condolences to Steve’s f... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

My condolences to Steve’s family and friends. I remember the first time I saw Steve on TV. He was chasing some animal that went up a tree and Steve went right up after it without a moment’s hesitation. I figured he was high on something, but realized later that it was life Steve was high on.

Divers wear weight belts to achieve neutral bouncy under water, but given the dangers, it seems chainmail would be a better source of weight.

Could not filming of this w... (Below threshold)
VagaBond:

Could not filming of this wild animal been done without swimming with it? was there a need for a adrenaline rush?

What is sad is that it could have been prevented. Steve gave little regard to wearing safety gear while handling wild animals. You can only mock death so many times.

Ya know, there are policemen and firemen and people in the military who risk their lives on a daily basis to protect & serve mankind.

STEVE WAS A GREAT MAN AND I... (Below threshold)

STEVE WAS A GREAT MAN AND I LOOK UP TO HIM ALOT. HE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE DIED FOR AN ANIMAL. I THINK THAT ALL OF THE ANIMALS WERE LIKE FAMILY TO HIM I WATCHED HIM ALOT ALMOST EVERYDAY.FROM A GIRL IN NEW YORK HE WILL BE IN MY HEART FOREVER

STEVE WAS A GREAT MAN AND I... (Below threshold)

STEVE WAS A GREAT MAN AND I LOOK UP TO HIM ALOT. HE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE DIED FOR AN ANIMAL. I THINK THAT ALL OF THE ANIMALS WERE LIKE FAMILY TO HIM I WATCHED HIM ALOT ALMOST EVERYDAY.FROM A GIRL IN NEW YORK HE WILL BE IN MY HEART FOREVER

steve irwin had a wonderfu... (Below threshold)

steve irwin had a wonderful heart and love for nature. I hope that his family will continue on with what he began and I feel sadness for little Bindi Sue but sometimes this kind of tradgedy pushes you on to further accomplishments...I remember when The Crocodile Hunter first came on the scene.I was so glad that someone with his sensitivity to life was out broadcasting.He bought land to help save it for the rest of nature that lives on the planet..everyone that has access to millions should too.

I have been swimming with S... (Below threshold)
Drew:

I have been swimming with Stingrays and never once had any issues, He had to have spooked it or something. The Fact that he got the spine in the chest is the biggest factor in his death,had he got it in any other body part he most likely would have been fine, unless he was allergic to the "poison" in the rays sting.

Will be missed by our famil... (Below threshold)
Tracey:

Will be missed by our family, Such a talent and was educational to millions of people. Goodbye Steve.

The first few times I saw S... (Below threshold)
Nelle:

The first few times I saw Steve, I was shocked. I had never seen anyone handle snakes the way he did, and thought he must be insane just for what he was doing, not to mention the wacky way he went about it. We've all seen other people dangling cobras by the tail since then, I guess, but it was astonishing to see it for the first time. Steve played that gutsy and his exhuberent style for all it was worth, and made a positive difference for animal conservation in his short career. Attaway, mate!

Steve Irwin was a great man... (Below threshold)
Brittany:

Steve Irwin was a great man he was nice and brave. he cared about everyone including every single animal in the world! He was just a wonderful man with a great heart and he will be in my heart forever!!! I will NEVER forget him!!!!

when i heard about the trag... (Below threshold)
Sarrows:

when i heard about the tragic accident it really made me think about how valuable life really is. it showed me to appreciate the most important people in my life and to show it. everything does happen for a reason. R.I.P Steve and thank you for giving us all the joy and family moments that you did. we love you

He was the best professi... (Below threshold)
rohit:

He was the best professional "Crocodile Hunter".
Everyone will miss him.

Although I never thought m... (Below threshold)
katie:

Although I never thought much about Australlia, I thought about him when I did. He was a well respected man who enjoyed what he did, and brought "his backyard" into our living rooms. We will miss him dearly and I wish his family the best.

steve was greate and will a... (Below threshold)
kristina:

steve was greate and will always be in many peoples heart. it just seems weird that he has died. i was shocked to hear this. :(

steve was a great guy; but ... (Below threshold)
ananymous:

steve was a great guy; but i think the public SHOULD be allowed to watch his death tape. he would want it.

u lil bastards... (Below threshold)
shaf:

u lil bastards

has any1 seen the tape yet ... (Below threshold)
shavo:

has any1 seen the tape yet of steve being killed by the stingray. because im doing a tribute thing for steve and i ne the tape or a copey

steve was aq great man and ... (Below threshold)
shavo:

steve was aq great man and everyone who watched his documentries love him and wat he di. im tryin to make a tribute thing for him but i need the clip of him and the stingray so if any1 has got a copey or can tell me were to get it plz e-mail me it or tell me on [email protected]

thanx for the help

I definitely think the vide... (Below threshold)
Charles Humel:

I definitely think the video of Steve's tragic death should be made public. First, I think Steve would have wanted his last moments to be seen by his fans and second and most importantly, his tragic demise can serve as an educational tool to divers and the like, which shows what can happen when potentially dangerous, albeit normally inoffensive creatures, are approached. As Steve always made clear ('don't try this at home') there are risks, however small they may be, when one approaches animals that sting or bite. It is important to be aware of what can happen when dealing with normally docile but always unpredictable creatures in the wild.

steve irwin was a very ente... (Below threshold)
kyle weedall:

steve irwin was a very entertaining man who was loved all over the world not just for his work but as a man

uiop steve uiop uiop uiop u... (Below threshold)
lert mancman:

uiop steve uiop uiop uiop uiop uiop uiop uiop

i think the video should be... (Below threshold)

i think the video should be made public to show how dangerous it is in the sea r.i.p steve irwin loved your shows

OMG!!! i loved steve irwin ... (Below threshold)
fee:

OMG!!! i loved steve irwin sooo much. i would of married him if i could! i cant believe he died. espeically getting stabbed in the heart. it makes the stingray sound more of a murderer! well we'll all remember what sort of a guy Stevo was, he luved what he did and i luved the way he cared for the aniamls. atleast we'll see him in Paradise!

I will miss steve irwin soo... (Below threshold)
BJ:

I will miss steve irwin sooooo much he was an aswom bloke and a true hero. i think he is one of the best men in the world and i carnt believe he died by a sting ray. im sure all the crocs will miss him too along witht the rest of austraia.
luv britt

Why steve? he dident deserv... (Below threshold)
larry:

Why steve? he dident deserve this it was so sad, and i need to get my hands on the video of his last moments :( but on thing that john stainten had to say was. steve came over the top of the ray and stung him here (the heart) he pulled it out and then he was gone the cameraman had to stop filming

Steve was awsome. i would w... (Below threshold)
mike:

Steve was awsome. i would watch his show all the time when i was younger and i wouldnt know as much as i do now if it wernt for him. for his family im sorry for your loss.

Stve Irwin will be rembered... (Below threshold)
Rene:

Stve Irwin will be rembered in my heart forever!
He died for what he loved doing and he died for the respect of nature.I love Steve Irwin as if he were my brother and my idol.RIP Steve Irwin!!!!!!!!!!

Stve Irwin will be rembered... (Below threshold)
Rene:

Stve Irwin will be rembered in my heart forever!
He died for what he loved doing and he died for the respect of nature.I love Steve Irwin as if he were my brother.He is my idol.

RIP STEVE IRWIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

steve and family. i love yo... (Below threshold)
Leger:

steve and family. i love you all and wish you well. i have felt like part of the group watching your shows, i will remember our expierences always

VagaBond, have you not paid... (Below threshold)
Chris:

VagaBond, have you not paid attention at all? He wasn't trying to swim with the stingray. He was filming coral sequences for his daughter's show...he had no intention of messing with any animals at that time. The stingray was hidden in the sand, like they do, and he swam over it, causing it to strike him.

Could've happened to anyone swimming there...he wasn't being reckless.

Rest in peace, my little crocodile man. You will be sorely missed. :o(

Hi everyonesteve irw... (Below threshold)
stephen:

Hi everyone
steve irwin still lives on as a ledgend he has courage faith and love not just for animals but for family friends and normal people. mine and millions of others hearts go out to the brave warrior. this one man taught the world how animals are not dangerous but a way of life. all i can say is criky mate what amazing person i send my love to terri and kids. why do peoplke say bad things when the world today is worse than any animals people stabbing and rapping for no reason but a harmless animal defending its self and doing what it knows, some of you out there are pricks really. my love to terri, kids and all his special mates.
p.s. the crocadile hunter lives on in my eyes

steve will be remembered he... (Below threshold)

steve will be remembered he was a good man

Steve wanted to be remember... (Below threshold)
Dub:

Steve wanted to be remembered as an ordinary bloke. Ordinary blokes can be heros too. And Steve was just that, a hero.

I will alwayz remember Stev... (Below threshold)
Lozgoth-aged 12:

I will alwayz remember Steve Irwin and i would love to follow in his footsteps because he is my hero and I know people will be thinking that I'm just a little girl talkin but I have always said that I wanted to do what he did and now I'm even more determind to make him proud.Steve you will be missed loadz n loadz (and thatz just by me)Love you Steve and love to your family!

I will alwayz remember Stev... (Below threshold)
Lozgoth-aged 12:

I will alwayz remember Steve Irwin and i would love to follow in his footsteps because he is my hero and I know people will be thinking that I'm just a little girl talkin but I have always said that I wanted to do what he did and now I'm even more determind to make him proud.Steve you will be missed loadz n loadz (and thatz just by me)Love you Steve and love to your family!

I will alwayz remember Stev... (Below threshold)
Lozgoth-aged 12:

I will alwayz remember Steve Irwin and i would love to follow in his footsteps because he is my hero and I know people will be thinking that I'm just a little girl talkin but I have always said that I wanted to do what he did and now I'm even more determind to make him proud.Steve you will be missed loadz n loadz (and thatz just by me)Love you Steve and love to your family!

My husband & I will miss St... (Below threshold)
Del Macey:

My husband & I will miss Steve so very much. There will never be another Steve. We felt like he was part of out family. I send love to wife and two children, and to his father and family, and friends..He will always be in our hearts.

My husband and I will miss ... (Below threshold)
Del Macey:

My husband and I will miss Steve so very much. There will never be another Steve. We send love to Terri, his two children, and family. I know what he meant to his Dad, it has to be hard. I lost my dad two years this Christmas. Steve will always be in our hearts. He felt like part of our family.

steve irwin was a great aus... (Below threshold)

steve irwin was a great australian i look up to him and now i relize how much i care for animals and when i grow up i would like to become a wildlife docter steve irwin is the greatest aussie alive and i think we should all look up to him and think of what a great job he has done for australia i think is the bravest person in the world and also who would have the guts to hug a croc deffinly not me bindi probally will follow in his fathers footsteps i have already donated money to wildlife worries. steve irwin is so awsome i have 1 question why does god steel the best people.

I REALLY THINK THE WORLD SH... (Below threshold)
anomonous:

I REALLY THINK THE WORLD SHOULD NOW ABOUT HOW DANGEROUS THE SEA REALLY IS AND NOW THAT HE IS GONE I HAVE SAT IN GRIEF ALL DAY I HAVENT EVAN GONE TO SCHOOL AND I ALSO HAVE TURNED OFF THE IDEA OF SWIMMING IN THE SEA I AM SO LONELY HE WAS LIKE MY IDOL I NEED REAL HELP!!!!!!!!!!!

steve irwin was a true lege... (Below threshold)
JORDAN:

steve irwin was a true legend in my eyes he was a real croc hunter

Steve Irwin was a great man... (Below threshold)
jacqueline:

Steve Irwin was a great man. Although his death was tragic that should not stop people from enjoying animals or the sea or any wildlife. He took on danger everyday and knew he was doing it.
But he loved it and loved to be around nature.
My family loved all the shows and he taught us so much because of the man he was....... I only regret that he had to depart his loving faimily so soon and my heart goes out to them.....In fact we were just watching him and a tribute to him on animal planet he love life and enjoyed what he did.

Even if i didnt know him.I ... (Below threshold)
Kris tuttle:

Even if i didnt know him.I had so much grief watching his shows and documentries for a long time. it is hard to think that he is realy gone from this world but he will still be remembered by all

i loved steve irwin i watch... (Below threshold)
Clinton Hubbard:

i loved steve irwin i watched him on tv and everythin i am only 12 years old but i liked to watch him handle all of them animals so i loved hime like a brother.............]


R.I.P steve you will not be forgotten

p.s i will see you in heaven

Hello Terry and Children , ... (Below threshold)
Barbara in Missouri:

Hello Terry and Children ,
God will help you get threw this rough time in your life . Put just remember don't question the man up stairs for why Steve passed just remember that all the things that steve did to save an animal and its good things that came from Steve threw your life and what he helped you achived in your life with him. Two wonderful children and a wonderful father in law ... Steve changed the world and the people in it ... some people look at everyday ordeals with animals that they live with and their fears ... to over come them ...
I wish you all the best and prayers are with you and your's

Hello All: I thank ... (Below threshold)
Sue and Wayne:

Hello All:
I thank all the posters here--Knowing others share the loss my hubby and I felt when we heard the news and that others also felt Steve was a great, passionate man and conservationist as well (also some facts pointed out about coming upon the stingray by accident, while filming the coral for the special) makes the stunning shock feel somewhat more palatable for coping.

I appreciate that Terri shared her deep faith in getting through this tragic accident.

We all miss you Steve and my heart goes out to Terri and their wonderful children. May God keep Steve's family close and give them and all who mourn a peace that passeth all understanding that can only come from Him... in Jesus' name I pray --I have prayed this prayer for this peace for my own personal things difficult to bear and found that a profound sense of peace amongst the storms of life became more manifest to me --even to my surprise as heartbreak and deep sorrow can feel unending and all-consuming.

For me, this prayer brings a sense of peace even though I still get a lump in my throat and my eyes welling up with tears that stream down my face for the loss of this great person from our world as we experience it ....and yet somehow I sense he will never be truly gone.

Steve, your light will forever shine in all our hearts and souls. Much love to your and yours.

steve irwin sucks butt... (Below threshold)
yo:

steve irwin sucks butt

i really miss him because h... (Below threshold)
liz:

i really miss him because he put his life out on the line to get the message into peoples heads about wildlife preservation.he helped so many speicies from becoming extinct. he inspired so many people in the world for example bindi is now following in her fathers steps to become a wildlife preservator. i am doing a my hero project this week and i am doing steve and every time i look for his biography i get caught in the tributes and pictures with steve and i always start to tear. i really miss u saying cricky and every time i come home i see your show on the same time it would always be on. RIP Steve Irwin you will always be in every animal or non animal lover We'll miss u mate!

Steve Irwin was legend to m... (Below threshold)
Chi:

Steve Irwin was legend to me ever since I was a little girl. He was always a brave man. Crazy as anyone, but very brave. It's tragic, no one really would have been surprised if he'd been bitten by a snake, or by a croc, but the fact that a stingray got him... it was truly a freak accident. I hope his soul rests well.

weall will m... (Below threshold)
Felicity:

weall will miss you and your family




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