Rumor: Steve Irwin's daughter, Bindi, is dead

Did the teenaged daughter of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin really pass away so young?

FALSE: The internet death hoax strikes again

Bindi Irwin, the 14-year-old daughter of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, is not dead. Today's News Gazette, a paper of unknown origins, reported this morning that Irwin was the subject of an internet death hoax, though it reported no further details about who had spread it, what the hoax said, or how it started.

The topic "Steve Irwin Daughter Dies" began trending on Friday morning, but it seems to be a "trends hiccup," as the SocialNewsDaily puts it.

But Bindi's Twitter account shows tweets from as early as yesterday, including one about an interview her father had done in Hong Kong.

The Daily Mail reported that, far from being dead, Irwin is alive, well, and currently in a spat with an environmental e-journal run by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Irwin wrote a 1,000 word essay for the journal as part of a series on conservation. But she and her mother reportedly were unhappy when the essay was returned with large chunks edited out.

“What happened to freedom of speech,” the teenaged Irwin asked of Mrs. Clinton's organization, which apparently edited out passages calling human beings the greatest threat to the environment.. “This is my opinion and I don't want it edited out.”



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