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Aquarium diver killed by stingray

By Brad Hunter, Toronto Sun

File photo. (Getty Images)

File photo. (Getty Images)

A chilling replay of the tragic death of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin played out at a Singapore aquarium Tuesday where a veteran diver was killed by a stingray.

Underwater World Singapore said diver Philip Chan, 62, was readying the sea creatures for transfer when he was suddenly stung. He died later in hospital.

“This was a tragic accident,” aquarium owner Haw Par Corporation said in a statement.

The aquarium had been closed and Chan was one of the staff left behind to care for the animals until new homes could be found.

Irwin was tragically killed in the waters off the Great Barrier Reef in 2006 when he was stung multiple times by a stingray.

Chan's friend and co-worker Renee Li said in a Facebook post, the dead diver was an inspiring role model.

“Philip Chan is one of those who did for me,” she wrote. “He worked hard, never got involved with petty politics and always kept a steady mind even in adversity.

“You may have left us but your memory will live on forever.”