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Crocodile Hunter To Get A "Crocoseum" Farewell

Thousands of Australians will be able to farewell "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin at a public memorial to be held at the "Crocoseum" in his beloved Australia Zoo, the TV naturalist's wife Terri Irwin today.

"I cannot see how a memorial service would work in any place other than the Crocoseum which he built here at the zoo and of which he was so proud," Terri said, her first public comments since his death on Sept 4.

Irwin, whose "Crocodile Hunter" documentaries were watched by more than 200 million people around the world, died when the serrated barb from the tail of a normally placid stingray pierced his heart while he was diving off northeast Australia.

His death prompted an extraordinary outpouring of grief in Australia and around the world. Terri Irwin thanked fans for their "overwhelming outpouring of love."

The memorial next Wednesday will be broadcast live around Australia, as well as in the United States and throughout Asia. Tickets will be available for 5,500 people, with those wanting to attend the memorial service asked to make a donation to Irwin's Wildlife Warriors conservation fund, Terri Irwin said.

Irwin's family and friends held a private funeral service, which included stories told around, a campfire at the zoo last weekend.

The "Crocoseum" arena is the centerpiece of the Australia Zoo, where Irwin fed live crocodiles in pools surrounded by snakes, birds and the other native Australian wildlife.

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