He was killed in a freak accident in Cairns, police sources said today.
It is understood he was killed by a stingray barb that went through his chest.
He was swimming off the Low Isles at Port Douglas filming an underwater documentary when the tragedy occured.
Ambulance officers confirmed they attended a reef fatality this morning at Batt Reef off Port Douglas.
Irwin's body is being flown to Cairns.
It is believed his American-born wife Terri is trekking on Cradle Mountain in Tasmania and, as of today, has yet to be told of her husband's death. The couple has 2 children.Wow, what a shitty way to go out. We figured he'd go out in true style, like getting his head ripped off by a 12 foot crocodile or something.
As weird as this story is, you've got to feel for his wife and kids.
If you plan on cooking out / drinking during the Labor Day holiday on Monday, pour a lil' out for the homie down 'unda and yell out a big 'ol CRIKEY !!!