Tributes have poured in for Australia’s original crocodile hunter Malcolm Douglas who died in an accident early yesterday.

Douglas had become synonymous with the Top End since his first show Across the Top in 1976.

Matthew Blowes reports.

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The barefoot bushman’s crocodile park in Broome was closed today out of respect.

Malcolm Douglas was killed yesterday when it’s believed his Landcruiser jolted forward pinning him to a tree.

The 69-year-old survived prostate cancer after being diagnosed in 2004 and continued his work with animals.

His first outback adventure with his mate David Oldmeadow in 1964 ended up lasting four years with successful TV shows and documentaries ever since.

Lachlan Douglas, Malcolm’s Son: “Malcolm’s lived a pretty full and rich life. Done a lot of scary and adventurous things over the years and for him to die in this way is really truly tragic.”

Police investigators from Perth are due to arrive in Broome on Monday to determine the cause of his death.

Malcolm Douglas is survived by his ex-wife Valerie and children Amanda and Lachlan.

Matthew Blowes, QUT News.