Sept. 3, 2006 -- The Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, is dead. He was killed in a freak accident in Cairns, Australia, police sources said Sunday.
It is understood he was killed by a stingray barb that went through his chest and reportedly into his heart.
He was swimming off the Low Isles at Port Douglas filming an underwater documentary when the tragedy occured.
The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) was called about 11a.m. (AEST) and an emergency services helicopter was flown to the crew's boat on Batt Reef, off the coast near Cairns, with a doctor and emergency services paramedic on board.
Irwin had a puncture wound to the left side of his chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.