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Australia remembers 'Croc Hunter'
Two fans post a memorial to Steve Irwin in Beachmere, Queensland
Fans have been putting up tributes to the naturalist

Australians have turned out in the state of Queensland to mark the first anniversary of the death of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin.

Fans gathered at the Irwin family zoo to lay flowers, plants and makeshift signs in his memory.

The well-known naturalist died on 4 September 2006 when a stingray barb pierced his heart as he was filming an underwater documentary.

His death triggered mourning and tributes across Australia.

"He was just wonderful. I don't know, just tough," said one fan who was paying her respects.

In Queensland's parliament, State Premier Peter Beattie paid tribute to Mr Irwin, describing him as one of the state's greatest cultural ambassadors, The Australian newspaper reported.

Khaki uniform

Mr Irwin's widow Terri and two young children, Bindi and Bob, will spend the first anniversary of his death in private.

Wildlife presenter Steve Irwin
Irwin was best-known for his work with crocodiles

The family is planning to celebrate his life and achievements on "Steve Irwin Day", which will be held on 15 November.

Mr Irwin, known for his trademark khaki uniform and broad accent, was famous for his work with native Australian wildlife.

He had built up what was a small reptile park in Queensland into what is now Australia Zoo, a major centre for Australian wildlife.

He was famous for handling dangerous creatures such as crocodiles, snakes and spiders, and his documentaries on his work with crocodiles drew a worldwide audience.

But he also courted controversy with a series of stunts and was accused by some critics of taking unnecessary risks.

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