Animal rights group PETA have launched an attack on the late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin - just days after his death. Campaigners for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) blasted the TV star - who was killed last Monday, aged 44, by a stingray - about his life-long work with exotic animals.

PETA spokesman Dan Mathews said: "He made his career out of antagonising frightened wild animals, and that's a very dangerous message to send to young children."

Mathews also branded the wildlife expert - who was buried in a private ceremony on Saturday - a "cheap reality TV star".

The outburst will almost certainly spark outrage among Steve's legions of fans and come as a blow to his grieving family. Steve's widow Terri and their children, Bindi, eight, and two-year-old Bob, are expected to make their first public appearance since Steve's death at a memorial service this week.

Meanwhile, spoof videos and game versions of Steve's death have been posted on the internet - causing more grief for his family and fans. One angry fan wrote: "These people are sick. The guy has only been dead for a few days, show some respect."