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5,000 Attend Memorial for 'Crocodile Hunter'

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September 20, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

Hollywood celebrities and friends and family of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin paid their final respects to the popular TV host and conservationist today at a public memorial service that was alternately sad, uplifting and even funny when bloopers from his show were played.

"It was way too soon for all of us," actor Russell Crowe said in a recorded tribute from New York. Prime Minister John Howard, among the 5,000 at the Australia Zoo ceremony, said, "Steve Irwin touched the hearts of Australians and touched the hearts of millions around the world."

Irwin, 44, died Sept. 4 when a stingray barb pierced his chest.

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