"It is understood he was killed by a sting-ray barb that went through his chest," Brisbane's Courier Mail reported this afternoon.
Irwin was best known for his documentary series "The Crocodile Hunter".
He was born in Victoria and found his love of animals after following in his father's footsteps, volunteering his services to the Queensland Government's East Coast Crocodile Management program.
He spent years living on his own in the mosquito infested creeks, rivers and mangroves of North Queensland, catching huge crocodiles single-handed.
In June 1992, he married American Terri Raines after they met when she visited Irwin's Australia Zoo.
The 44-year-old is survived by his wife and two children, Bindi and Robert.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
STEVE IRWIN, CROCODILE HUNTER, 44
Crikey. Reports from Australia's 7News says a stingray attack killed Irwin. It happened near Cairns. According to 7News:
What a rip-off way for Steve Irwin to die.