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'Croc Hunter' Knew He'd Die Young, Widow Says

Wife says Irwin had 'a real sixth sense'
By Emily Roysdon,  Newser User
Posted Oct 29, 2007 3:33 PM CDT

(Newser) – Plucky Australian crocodile hunter Steve Irwin always had premonitions of an early death, his widow Terri says, adding that her husband “had a real sixth sense." She's writing a book about her life with the daredevil naturalist, who died at age 44 when a stingray’s barb pierced his heart in September 2006, Reuters reports.

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American-born Terri Irwin said she joked about Irwin's certainty that he would die before age 40. Despite his daredevil, croc-wrestling lifestyle, she worried more about travel and disease than the risks he took with animals. But even Irwin himself began to worry after their children were born, she says: “He wanted to be here for the kids.” (Read more Steve Irwin stories.)

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