Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin Dead

Statement from Billy Campbell, President, Discovery Networks, U.S. Discovery Communications, Inc.

Our entire company is deeply saddened by the tragic and sudden loss of Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter. Steve was beloved by millions of fans and animal lovers around the world and was one of our planet’s most passionate conservationists. He has graced our air since October 1996 and was essential in building Animal Planet into a global brand.

Steve was killed during a filming expedition on the Great Barrier Reef. While we are still collecting specific details, it was a rare accident in which Steve swam over a stingray and was stung by its barb in his chest. A doctor on board Croc One, Steve’s research vessel, was unable to resuscitate Steve and by the time he was reached by the rescue helicopter he had passed away.

DCI Founder and Chairman, John Hendricks said, “Steve was a larger than life force. He brought joy and learning about the natural world to millions and millions of people across the globe. He was a true friend to all of us at Discovery Communications. We extend our thoughts and prayers to Terri, Bindi and Bob Irwin as well as to the incredible staff and many friends Steve leaves behind.”

DCI CEO and President, Judith McHale said, “I don’t think we will ever get over the loss of Steve Irwin, a human being of enormous heart, irrepressible enthusiasm and dedication to everything he touched.”

Steve’s loss has been felt around the world, evident by the hundreds of heartfelt condolences that have already flooded into Steve’s fan site on

To honor Steve and the enormous contribution he made to the world and to our company, DCI will rename the garden space in front of Discovery’s world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, the “Steve Irwin Memorial Sensory Garden.”

DCI is looking at the creation of the Steve Irwin Crocodile Hunter Fund, which we’ll affectionately call “The Crikey Fund” to honor Steve’s passion and exuberance for conservation and the animal kingdom. This fund will allow people from across the globe to make contributions in Steve’s honor to support wildlife protection, education and conservation. The fund in addition to contributions by DCI will also aid Steve’s Australia Zoo in Breewah, Australia as well as educational support for Bindi and Bob Irwin.

Right now, our focus is on Terri and the children. We will keep you informed as plans unfold to pay tribute to our beloved Steve Irwin.

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88 thoughts on “Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin Dead”

  1. you’re annoying. What have you ever done with your life. I don’t see you with a tv show. You won’t even identify yourself. If you think your oppinion matters why do remain anonymous?

  2. hey i even cant believe that such thing had happened .people say that he was showoff and his work was only for making money and i dont belive taht it was fake if so then comeout side and save allthose creatures that he had saved could u do this ?answer is no cauze u cant do this because he was spacial
    STEVE we love u and miss u

  3. hey i even cant believe that such thing had happened .people say that he was showoff and his work was only for making money and i dont belive taht it was fake if so then comeout side and save allthose creatures that he had saved could u do this ?answer is no cauze u cant do this because he was spacial
    STEVE we love u and miss u

  4. Steve changed my outlook on Crocodiles and Snakes, Each has their own place in this World!;He Loved them & Cared for Them,it is Was and always will be a Terrible Loss to the World,Now that He is Gone. I will Miss the man,May His Legend Live on Forever!!!!!. G’Bye Mate!!, No Worries!!. Gator

  5. Not only the Crocodiles wept, The World became a Little Darker and a Little Colder,and the World cried with Crocodile tears,A Great man is Gone.We will Miss YOU Mate!!!.

  6. Glory Hunter Huh?,The Man did alot for WildLife,He Protected them And Loved Them.I don’t know what show You watched,But it wasn’t His,He was a Loving and Caring Man;Why don’t Some People Stop Putting Him Down?.

  7. we have lost a wonderful man when i herd he died i cried for two days. i felt that i have no reason to live all of my prayers go to Terri, Bindi, and Bob.

    kaitlin brewer GA

  8. i always wanted to meet u.
    u was the best
    my hero my best friend

    i pray everynight for ur family

    i miss u

    so much
    i was shocked when i heard the news i was upset

    love Emma Thomson
    age 18

  9. It seems too tragic for belief. The Crocodile Hunter is a story of a humble man with a passion for life and the environment, who became perhaps the most well known Australian in the world. May he be remembered for not only his high energy personality, but also his amazing ecological achievements.

    Please light a candle in memory of this great man at the following memorial link;

    Online Memorial for Steve Irwin

    Kind regards,
    Nathan Martyn

  10. I totally agree that we should all do something for the planet or animals to honor Steves death. I went and adopted a homeless cat and named him Irwin. To be perfectly honest he is the sweetest cat I’ve ever adopted and I’ve adopted quite a few! I’m devastated by Steve Irwins death and just keep reminding myself that everything happens for a reason and only God knows what that is. I’ve been spreading the word to do something to honor this great man and put meaning to this loss.

  11. The untimely passing of Steve Irwin is a great tragedy. This has effected my family more than I could have imagined; he has been a great influence on myself and my two boys. The world will never be the same. In the past, I have dealt with this type of emotional pain through music. Being a song writer and composer, I have written musical compositions and songs to honour friends, family, and fallen heroes to ease the pain and commemorate the contributions they’ve made in life. Steve falls under the obvious catagory of “HERO.” Please accept and share with the world this musical tribute in honour of the great “CROCODILE HUNTER” Steve Irwin.. WE LOVE YOU STEVE!!

    David James

    P.S. – You can visit me at: http;//
    and download the musical tribute “THE MIGHTY STEVE”

  12. i cant belive how this is possible he is a great man to hunt crocodiles no body can’t hunt like him
    but i love him very much. my dad will always say u should become a hunter like steve irwin but now he’s dead iam not going to worry about his death he is always with me.RIP STEVE IRWIN

  13. He has born to be a Crocodile Hunter. I’m very sad that he has gone. May God Bless you, Steve. Rest in Peace! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your beloved family – Terri, Bindi and little Bob.

    Steve Irwin Memorial is Steve Irwin tribute site. Pls share your thoughts on the comment section..

    Good bye good man..

  14. On behalf of the Waipouri & Hazel family from Whirinaki Opononi NorthIsland New Zealand we would like to say how sorry my family & i were when we heard that our great aussie “MATE” had been taken from us all doing what we all know “he loved doing”. Our thoughts go out to his loving wife & their two children also to his dad & not to leave out his much bigger family “every body that worked for him” we hope you all will carry on his legacy of helping – caring – learning & teaching about all animals & mamals alive… GOD BLESS to the FAMILY… HIS SPIRIT LIVES ON…….REPZZY WAIPOURI

  15. A ruly remarkable man dedicated to animals right to the very end.

    I will miss his humour and my thoughts are with his lovely family at this sad time.

  16. AAAHHHH!!!!!! MATE!!! dig a hole & bury your head in it.. The man was good – great – & he knew his stuff & some where along the line ACCIDENT’S do happen….

  17. Steve Irwin was always such a happy, curious, risk taking guy. Just the kind of guy you would want to meet or become friends with. He did so many amazing things in his life and im sure is a hero to many. I hope that is family is doing ok and that they get through it, he will always be in their hearts (and everyones). He was a great man. Rest in Peace Steve Irwin.

  18. We are all too complacent about our environment and extinction due to habitat loss. It’s too easy to sit around watching your HD TV in your air conditioned house watching “nice” civilized environmentalist that stay far away from animals telling you how great they live, in the wilderness. What wilderness? Most of those films take place in wilderness preserves.

    These animals are dying every day from poachers, from habitat destruction, war and more. There is no time for “nice” shows that lie to us that we will be able to see these animals ever again. The film is all that we will have left if things continue as they have.

    When audiences are mislead like that, there is no sense of urgency or shock, they vote to build even more condominiums and vote down preserves. Now that is real harassment of animals, being run over by cars, their food sources destroyed, their livelihood taken away from them.

    Steve really wrestled with the problem of conservation, and was dangerously close to the problem ironically, and placed himself in harm’s way to make a point, to make us pay attention.

    The alligators in his zoo lived well, bathed in clean water and were better fed than millions of children around the world that are starving today due to environmental devastation and war. These crocks are not really just ambassadors for their own species, educating audiences to assure their survival. They are our own salvation.
    Most people don’t see the connection but if a snake or a crocodile cannot survive in today’s world, after 200 millions years on earth, there is certainly no hope for us humans is there?

    So Steve Irwin was not shouting to us EXTINCTION WARNING WARNING EXTINCTION – he was warning us of our own demise unless we do something.

    Some might think the Stingray got him because he was taking revenge on Steve, but those of us that think there are other forces in nature, of a higher order, might think the Stingray killed him so Steve could make the ultima sacrifice for the sake of our environment and these animals, so we may finally pay attention and take notice. I believe so. We will miss Steve but his message will not die with him.

  19. As a child growing up in Canada, I watched Skippy the Bush Kangaroo. As a teen, I developed a huge crush on Olivia Newton-John. As a young adult, I used to listen to Men at Work. And I’ve been a Bee Gees fan as far back as I can remember. Australia has given the world a great deal in terms of talent. Two celebrities, of late, when each passed away, caused grief around the world. I wrote a song for each of them that I’d like to share with fans of each (and BTW, feel free to use the first song to promote your new Steve Irwin fund):

    Crocodile Hunter (A Tribute to Steve Irwin)
    words and music by Bruce L. Thiessen, aka Dr. BLT (c)2006

    When the Bee Gees were Three (A Tribute to Maurice Gibb)
    words and music by Bruce L. Thiessen, aka Dr. BLT (c)2006

  20. R.I.P steve you have inspired many people and been idolised and looked up to by millions more u will be greatly missed. I also send my condolenses to the friends and familly God bless

  21. May god bless all your family and see this tragedy as a new door to guide you to a new light. Steve was a blessed soul that will shine on for all of us to see. I hope the family continues his legacy as the world cries for him. God bless Steve and his beautiful family. BE STRONG AND CARRY HIS TORCH!


  22. It was obvious, this BLOKE loved every minute of what he was doing and got to do it with the people he loved. Most people could never even imagine having that Passion. If there’s one thing we can take away from this, it is find out what you were put on this earth for and do it will all your heart. God Bless this man.

  23. I first heard it on Monday morning over the radio on my way to work… and I didnt want to believe it. but soon enough it was already in the news everywhere. Sadly mom called in tears to confirm later in the afternoon. We are both scared of reptiles, and they have never been funnier and cutter but in the hands of this man! May he rest in peace! Its stil so hard to believe! Terri, Bob, Bindi… its no easy thing, but if this counts at all, my thoughts and prayers are with you darlings!
    Melania, Romania

  24. Steve you made watching Discovery channel / Animal Planet a thrilling and at the same time funny experience. You were a great animal lover, conservationist and a great entertainer too. I am sure Steve’s millions of admirers all over the world are grieving as i do. Though i live far away from you…in India.. and have never met you, i feel as if i have lost a family member. Watching wild life on television will never be the same again without you steve. Rest in Peace my friend!
    My heartfelt condolences to Terry, Bindi and Bob.

  25. Just a comment to all who are posting…if you can’t find it in your heart to show compassion at this time then don’t write anything….a family is grieving and until you have experienced the loss of a loved one you don’t know just how hard it is to get through the ordeal…Steve Irwin was a very public figure and what you saw was what you got…his love of animals and his family are beyond question…he made money the best way he knew how but poured it all back into conservation by buying land for future generations of wildlife….to those who are posting such negative remarks I feel sorry for you… the old saying..”if you can’t say anything nice about people then say nothing…….
    a true blue Aussie

  26. what’s the matter “jealous”????? Steve WAS the best so he really wasn’t skiting (look up the meaning)…he was and will always be a Wildlife Warrior and the world has lost a great man..

  27. Have you any idea where all the money went to that this man made???? it went back to conservation every last penny… you drive a car??/ do you use a toilet??? we Aussie don’t all watch TV…I am in my 70’s and I bowl, paint (Folk Art) knit for orphanages overseas, and for great-grandkids, I walk and garden and am very active in my church..there are not enough hours in the day for me…..What do you do that is constructive??/

  28. Your comments are uncalled for…What has Australia got going for it but tourism or any other country for that matter….why don’t you get out and do something constructive and use your enery in a positive sense rather than being negative.

  29. The world is a little less colourful now…Steve I admired your passion for wildlife not just here in Aussie land but all over the world. You also had an unbridled passion for your family….I pray that Terry will keep your dream going and one day Bindi and Bob will be able to take over….it is great that grandad Bob is there to help…I know a memorial is planned here in Australia and wish I could be there….to Terry, Bindi and Bob and Steve’s father Bob, all his friends at Australia Zoo…keep strong, know that Steve is in God’s kingdom tending to heaven’s animals… are all in my prayers…
    God Bless

  30. you are and will remain awsome here on earth steve!goodluck to wife and children i will prey for all of you,and to all other family.GODBLESS!love you all take care .
    sincerly ,
    Tiffany Oklahoma City .OK

  31. It seems a paradox that Steve Irwin ‘The Glory Hunter’ spent his entire life poking dumb animals in the eye with a sharp stick, and yet millions of them still adore him!

  32. Steve fue admirado también en México, es terrible perder de esta forma a un ser humano tan maravilloso. Steve, que Dios te bendiga. Terry, México te acompaña en tu dolor.

    Descanse en Paz Steve Irwin.

  33. God Bless Steve and his family! I guess sometimes it’s true…only the good die young. The world lost a passionate, loving, delightful man. He will be in my heart forever.

    With Love,


  34. If anything the animal kingdom has lost a friend, a champion and an advocate.

    Steve we will miss you…

    With prayers and heartfelt condolences to Terri, Bindi and Bob.


  35. Lets get it right, sure death is sad but how can anyone claim to be “Green” or a nature lover when they have a advertising contract with Toyota ??
    And as for promoting tourism in australia, i have seen the damage tourism has done to parts of this country eg Ularu,Daintree,Barier reef ect. and let me tell you my fellow ausies tourism is NOT something any self respecting greenie would promote.

  36. I am still crying. May Terri, Bindi and Baby Bob find peace in knowing that he died doing what he loved. I hope he is now reunited with his mum. RIP

  37. My deepest condolences to the Irwin family. Steve’s death is, in reality, a global tragedy, devastatingly personal to his family and closest friends. My heart truly aches for them!
    For those who wish to honor Steve’s life, I have a suggestion: DO SOMETHING POSITIVE FOR ANIMALS, FOR THE PLANET. It can be as simple or elegant as you like, simply DO something in tribute to the man. Plant a tree, perhaps, or clean up a section of littered highway or beach. Consider releasing every fish caught on your next trip to the lake, or make a firm resolution to recycle, donate that jar of pennies to the local animal shelter, or bicycle to work for a week. You get the idea; no matter where you live, there IS something YOU can do to honor the memory of Steve Irwin and carry on his legacy. Don’t just think about it, DO IT! He was an environmentalist at heart, and even those who weren’t fans would grudgingly admit his was a mission for the good of us all. So let’s join together and make a choice to give something back, in the spirit of conservation. Spread the word! There’s no better way to put meaning into this loss.

  38. Steve was great I feel so much for Terri, Bindie-Sue and Bob. I went to the zoo so much and it was always better I really remember the time when Steve was there. I will miss him Quensland wil miss him Australia will miss him for all hes done!

  39. You will always be remembered from your great actsent and truly missed you were a very brave sole to do what you did and entertained us all we will miss you.

  40. when i was a younger child when anyone asked me what i wanted to be when i grew up my answer was and is to this day the Crocodile hunter steve has inspired me i watched every episode i could, i mourn the loss of this great man he was and still is my hero, terri brandi and bob, and every one else who is feeling the loss, he was a great man and nobody will every come close to being as kewl and entertaining about a nature/ history show, or any other show as he u have my deepest sypothy, i will be looking at the crikey fund to see how i can help

    jake woods

  41. There are plenty of places for you to climb onto your soapbox and preach/lecture to others that are appropriate. This is not one of those places! Go find a thread on environmentalism and spew to your hearts content. Please reserve this space for those who have something positive to say about a man who did incredible things and enthralled a vast number of viewers and inspired many to at least pay attention to the issues of wildlife and wildlife habitat conservation. Also remember that, if you try, you can still be a GREENIE without becoming a WEENIE!

    RIP, Steve and thank you for all you have done for wildlife conservation and habitat preservation.

    **Many people may find your lack of a name or handle attached/associated with your attack diatribe to be gutless at best. I include myself in this group of people.

    T Thorpe (nature lover and Conservationist)
    Washington, DC, USA

  42. If Steve could come back and just say one thing, it would be a question for all mankind: “Are we a part of nature or apart from nature? Choose soon.”

    Thank you Steve.

  43. I am forever greatful for your passion and enthusiasm in bringing animals into peoples heart. You work was vital to saving wildlife around the world. I loved watching you and learning about animals and the importance of saving their environment around them. Thank you for all your work. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family: Terri, Bindi and Bob and yours millions of fans.

  44. We’ve all shed tears!
    But now we say cheers!
    To the man we’ve grown up with on our telly!
    And now i say here’s to the one and only croc man himself… Mr Steve Irwin

    Some will remember him as the croc hunter.
    Terri will remember him as her 1 true love!
    Bindi and Bob will remember him as DAD!
    But most of all he died doing what he loved doing the most, and we will alwalys remember him( how could we forget mr crikey) and we will always love and cherish the loving memories of

    We have lost 1 of our own!!
    His name was Steve!
    He had 2 kids and a loving wife!
    Terri, Bindi and Bob
    We all pray to god,
    that the 3 that are left carry on his job.
    We know he died doing what he loved the best.
    So we all want him to be happy like the rest!
    We love you Steve dont you ever forget!!!!

    Many many regards to Terri, Bindi and Bob.
    All our love goes to you.
    Many Regards
    Penny Jacobs

  45. My hero, my teacher. I was hoping to one day meet you. You showed me how beautiful reptiles are. Because of you, I’ve saved many from certain death from the hands of people who just want to destroy them. I will never forget you.


  46. Thank you for all the contribution you made… to make wifelife interesting …for both adults and children alike.

    because of you, kids love animals…


  47. How sad that we lost Steve Irwin, a conservationist that brought worldwide attention to nature and wildlife. How ironic that he looked like John Denver, another conservationist who, like Steve, bought thousands of acres of land just so the land mongers could not get their hands on it. They were both animal activists and land conservationists, and both left the Earth and us way too soon.
    May God hold them close and give them peace.
    Prayers go out to his wife and children.

    Jo Smith

  48. I never really understood why he would take such risk, other than the fact he loved what he did. Unfortunately he is gone. I would like to offer my sympathy for his family. The world has truly lost an vibrant and loving person. I dont think no one will ever be able to fill his shoes. There was only ONE Steve. He left a legacy that is unfadable and unforgettable. RIP

  49. My Mom taught me, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything. If you didn’t agree with Steve Irwin, use other, positive ways to affect change but this is not the time or the place to attack the man. Very bad form. His wife and children are grieving, show some respect and consideration for them at least….

    Joanna from Alabama, USA

  50. I’ve always been interested in history, geography, and nature. Steve Irwin brought all of those things together. Even though i didnt watch his show regularly, i still respected him and his work. That ESPN commercial with Steve Irwin cracked me up if u ever saw it. Rest In Peace Mr. Irwin. May your work, life, and dreams always be remembered.

  51. Well im sorry for sounding so harsh, i have nothing personal against Steve(rip) its just that so many Aussies seem to live i the fantasy world of TV and dont see reality, So ask your self is promoting motor vehicles good for our planet? put more simlpy do you think the planet needs more cars?
    Have you ever wondered where the waste goes when you flush the toilet?
    waken up Australia,,, turn of you TVs and see reality.

  52. As the years went by Steve’s life bacame part of many around the world. His work and emthusiam shall carry on as did many that chose the path he did.

    Thank You for the Memories and the lessons in wildlife that i will alway remember.

    God Bless
    kevin R. Kerwood

  53. you are right joanna dont pick on steve he was a great guy a model to me he saved a rainforest and made many conservation efforts for the world so heres a prayer for him: dear god holy father lord of all people, please grant steve acses to heven amem

    ” goo day mate ” we will surely miss you


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