Crocodile Hunter dead

BRISBANE, AAP ? Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin died yesterday in a freak marine accident while shooting a documentary on the Great Barrier Reef.

The 44-year-old is believed to have been killed by a stingray barb that went through his chest while he was diving.

The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) said a call was received about 11am yesterday and an emergency services helicopter was flown to a boat on Batt Reef, off Port Douglas, with a doctor and emergency services paramedic on board.

Mr Irwin had a puncture wound to the left side of his chest and he was pronounced dead at the scene.



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