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Crocodile Hunter Malcolm Douglas Killed in Car Crash

Australian documentary maker Malcolm Douglas, known in the industry as the original crocodile hunter and the man who managed to match, if not surpass, TV documentary legend Steve Irwin was killed on Thursday at the Wilderness Wildlife Park in Broome, after the 4x4 he was driving hit a tree.

The body of the filmmaker was supposedly found caught in between the tree and his car, with the police ruling the death as accidental. The causes of the accident are however not clear at this point.

With his passing, the Australian documentary making industry feels it has lost the man who was considered the “last true bush characters.” The croc hunter gained fame back in 1976, when his documentary, Across The Top, hit the TV screens.

"These days, a lot of the bush characters are really tailor-made. They're designed for the viewers, they're not as genuine as Malcolm was,'' Janek Gazecki, the man who spent three months with Malcom back in 1999 told AAP.

"He was a true bushie. What you saw was real. He said what he thought. Some people thought he was was a bit rough around the edges. That was his nature and that was his appeal.''

The Across The Top documentary, simple footage of Aboriginal people killing kangaroos and drinking the blood, as Douglas himself described it, still holds the rating record for a documentary on Australian television.

Since then, Douglas produced over 50 similar videos and films, including the In The Bush With Malcolm Douglas which aired for the first time in 2009.

Douglas is survived by his wife Valerie and two adult children, Amanda and Lachlan. And aslo by his mother, and brother Stuart.

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Comment by Andrew Douglas on January 3, 2011 at 16:25
Very, very sad.
Comment by William Douglas on October 2, 2010 at 12:05
Speaking at Malcolm's memorial service, In a tearful tribute to his older brother, Stuart Douglas, who said he wasn't holding up too well, told the story of when they grew up in Nauru.

Malcolm had borrowed a spear from the family's houseboy after promising him he would look after it, Stuart said.

However after an attempt at spearfishing, the spear got lodged in a fish and sank to the bottom.

"He dived and dived and dived and he got it and when he came up, blood started coming out of his ears and nose," he said.

But he had promised the houseboy the spear would be OK.

"I just wanted to let you know what sort of bloke he was," Stuart said.

"I would have just said sorry.

"Mum's still going at 97. She used to say I wonder when he's going to get a proper job. She never got her wish but she was pretty proud of him."

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