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The Breakfast Club, another classic filmed close to where I live. I have to drive past the high school tomorrow night. Should I take picture in memoriam?


Always loved his characters, mean spirited guys that made you laugh.


And yes, this is making me feel old too.

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The exterior shots they uses Maine East. I'm not sure of the interior ones. John Hughes liked to use a branch of Maine high schools that was closed and used as a adult education center (the same one he used for Uncle Buck).

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SYDNEY, Australia - Steve Irwin, the quirky Australian naturalist who won worldwide acclaim, has died in a marine accident off Australia’s northeast coast, local media reported on Monday.


Queensland state government sources quoted by Australian Associated Press (AAP) said Irwin, 44, whose television show “The Crocodile Hunter” won international acclaim and popularized the phrase “Crikey”, was believed to have been killed by a stingray barb that pierced his chest.


He was filming an underwater documentary off Port Douglas when the accident occurred, the report said.


Sky Television also reported that Irwin had been stung by a sting ray.


Australian emergency officials could not immediately confirm the reports.


Irwin won a global following for his daredevil antics but also triggered outrage in 2004 by holding his then one-month-old baby while feeding a snapping crocodile at his Australian zoo.


This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters.



From Msnbc.com




Aww. i can't say im too shocked, and while its sad, i saw this happening a long time ago.

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I am very sad to hear about what happened. I just heard about it 15 minutes ago on the news. Steve has always been my favorite animal activist. I work here at the El Paso zoo and Steve was the reason why I started volunteering and working here. As of now Steve Irwins wife does not know about Steves death. I feel sorry for Steves family, friends and fans.


*In loving memory of Steve Irwin*


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I was just getting ready to come on make a topic about this...


My heart actually kinda stopped for a second. I must Say, i loved watching Steve on TV, and I can even begin to believe as to how his family feels. Leaving two kids and a wife, a zoo, and many friends behind. I must say he did get to me watching him get down with all those crocs and snakes on morning television. So Sad...



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True shame folks. It's now on the front page of Yahoo as well.


BRISBANE, Australia - Steve Irwin, the hugely popular Australian television personality and environmentalist known as the "Crocodile Hunter," was killed Monday by a stingray during a diving expedition. He was 44.



Irwin was filming an underwater documentary on the Great Barrier Reef in northeastern Queensland state when he was stung, Sydney's The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on its Web site.


He collapsed at Batt Reef, near Low Isle and the resort town of Port Douglas, Queensland state police said in a statement. Port Douglas is about 1,260 miles north of Brisbane, the state capital.


A rescue helicopter rushed to the scene but Irwin had died, the statement said.


Queensland ambulance service spokesman Bob Hamil confirmed that a diver had been killed by a stingray off Lowe Isles Reef and said cause of death appeared to be a "stingray strike to the chest."


Irwin was famous for his enthusiasm for wildlife and his catchword "Crikey!" in his television program "Crocodile Hunter," which was first broadcast in Australia in 1992 and has aired around the world on the Discovery channel.


He rode his image into a feature film, and developed the Australia Zoo as a tourist attraction.


Irwin had received some negative publicity in recent years. In January 2004, he stunned onlookers at the Australia Zoo reptile park by carrying his month-old son into a crocodile pen during a wildlife show. He tucked the infant under one arm while tossing the 13-foot reptile a piece of meat with the other.


Authorities declined to charge Irwin for violating safety regulations.


Later that year, he was accused of getting too close to penguins, a seal and humpback whales in Antarctica while making a documentary. Irwin denied any wrongdoing, and an Australian Environment Department investigation recommended no action be taken.


Irwin was also seen as a vocal critic of wildlife hunts in Australia. The federal government recently dropped plans to allow crocodile safaris for wealthy tourists in the Northern Territory following his vehement objections.


Irwin told the Australian television program "A Current Affair" that "killing one of our beautiful animals in the name of trophy hunting will have a very negative impact on tourism, which scares the living daylights out of me."


He is survived by his American wife Terri, from Eugene, Ore., and their daughter Bindi Sue, 8, and son Bob, who will turn 3 in December.


Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, who used a photograph of his family at Australia Zoo for his official Christmas card last year, hailed Irwin for his work in promoting Australia through projects such as "G'Day LA," an Australian tourism and trade promotion week in Los Angeles in January.


"The minister knew him, was fond of him and was very, very appreciative of all the work he'd done to promote Australia overseas," Downer's spokesman Tony Parkinson said.


Stingrays have flat bodies and tails with serrated spines, which contain venom and can cause cuts and puncture wounds. The creatures are not aggressive and injury usually occurs when a swimmer or diver accidentally steps on one.



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Extremely sad news.


Queensland and Australia have lost a great ambassador, a loving father and a all round top bloke with this freak accident.


According to the latest news, Teri and the kids have taken a chartered flight home, and the children have been informed that there father is not coming home, the day after Australia celebrated Fathers Day.


The news is that the stingray turned around suddenly and Steve was struck in the chest by the barb of the ray's tail. The camera operator did not even know at first what had happened until he saw blood in the water.


He was raced in a small inflatable back to the main boat where a doctor worked on him for the next 30mins, on the way to a nearby island, where paramedics had landed and were waiting.


When the boat arrived however, it was too late and there was nothing more that could have been done.


A day that most Queenslanders will never forget....I know I won't.

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Wow very sad and shocking but not surprising! Yes he did live his life to the fullest and with that kind of lifestyle it was only a matter of time really.


May you rest in peace Steve Irwin and thank you for many of "on the edge of your seat" thrilling shows you have done for us. Thank you for putting your life on the line for the thrill of adventure, excitement, education and entertainment! We will miss you greatly!! G'day mate!!

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This is terrible news. What are the odds of being killed by a STINGRAY. He wrestled 300lb. alligators untethered on a regular basis, but he gets killed by a STINGRAY......that stingray had to have it out for him. Its such a shock. when I woke up this morning the first news bulletin on my browser was an article on this and I was just like "......NO WAY".


It's just such a shock





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This guy's act got played out real quick, but nonetheless, he really was a great guy with a big heart, and a true love for animals. Although I got bored of his show after about '98 (?), I still continued to admire his work in an effort to educate.


Now, with that said, I have to agree with what Joe already mentioned. Someone please explain to me how any of you can consider this a shock.

Would you be shocked if a skydiver's chute didn't open? Would you be shocked if a bullfighter was gored to death? Probably no for both of those, right? So considering the man made contact with animals that were meant to be left alone by humans, is it really a surprise that his luck ran out? Although sad, serious injury or death was inevitable at some point in this man's career.



Scott "when you play with fire, you get burned" B.

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Wow. This is very sad and shocking. Steve Irwin has been a great entertainer and an even greater inspiration for many of us. When someone gains such a celebrity status as Steve Irwin had, they almost seem immortal. It feels impossible that they would just die at a young age, but when they do it touches us all.


Just to cheer us up, I'll post a link.

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