PORT DOUGLAS- Crocodile hunter Steve Irwin’s film crew has been devastated by his freak accident death in far north Queensland.
John Stainton, Irwin’s producer said Irwin’s crew was struggling with the death yesterday of the man known by children and adults alike who enjoyed his up close and personal style with animals.
“Devastated,” Mr Stainton said when asked at a news conference in Cairns today how Mr Irwin’s crew was coping with the loss.
“As you can imagine, you guys shooting stuff and someone you’re filming, for years, has died in front of you, is shocking.
“It’s a shocking thing, traumatic, it’s one of those things you don’t expect and you have to deal with it.”
Animal Planet released a statement regarding the death of Steve Irwin:
Discovery Networks International and Animal Planet International mourn the loss of Steve Irwin, the world’s Crocodile Hunter. Steve was beloved by millions of fans and animal lovers worldwide and was a true friend to Discovery Networks. He was also one of the world’s most passionate conservationists. His loss will be felt for many years to come. Discovery Networks extends its thoughts and prayers to the family, staff and many friends Steve leaves behind.
“Discovery Channel and Animal Planet first introduced Steve Irwin to Canadians through his popular show Crocodile Hunter,” said Paul Lewis, Discovery Channel President and General Manager. “While there have been many imitators since, Steve was a true original and his incredible energy, passion and love for life will remain true fixtures of both networks.”
Discovery Channel and Animal Planet are planning special tributes to Irwin, with details to be announced in the coming days. Discovery Channel’s flagship science magazine, Daily Planet, will offer special coverage celebrating Irwin’s life and work on Tues., Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.
Mr Irwin, 44, died shortly after his heart was punctured by a stingray barb while snorkeling off Port Douglas, in far north Queensland, yesterday. Irwin’s ship, Croc One, remains docked at Port Douglas.