It is reported that a stingray barb that went through his chest and into his heart, leaving Steve dead on the scene.
When I first saw Steve on the Discovery Channel I thought this guy had a death wish. He was one of the first people I saw on TV taking on crocodiles, spiders and other animals you wouldn’t want to go near. But Steve seemed to have no problem at all getting up close and personal with these animals. “Crikey! A big spider just crawled over me arm!”.
Even though similar shows sprung up after the Crocodile Hunter’s success, Steve and his shows were one of a kind.