Irwin was at Batt Reef, off the remote coast of northeastern Queensland state, shooting a segment for a series called Ocean's Deadliest when he swam too close to one of the animals, which have a poisonous barb on their tails, his friend and colleague John Stainton said.You didn't really expect a guy who bathed with crocodiles and flossed with rattlesnakes to die of old age, did you?
"He came on top of the stingray and the stingray's barb went up and into his chest and put a hole into his heart," said Stainton, who was on board Irwin's boat at the time.
Sidebar: How many papers and blogs will title their stories "Crikey?" (I thought about it, and passed.) Here's the first I found.
Update: Charles Mudede goes a different route with Joseph Conrad.