Washington, Oct 31: American comedian Bill Maher has outraged Steve Irwin fans by attending Halloween parties dressed as the late entertainer and conservationist, with a fake stingray barb protruding from his blood-stained khaki shirt.
Irwin died last month in a freak accident when a stingray barb pierced his heart while he was filming a nature documentary off Port Douglas in Queensland.
Photos of Maher — who hosts a weekly talk show on US cable network HBO — reportedly taken at a party in Los Angeles over the weekend, have been posted on several websites, provoking outrage from fans of the Crocodile Hunter.
Gossip site Hollyscoop.com reported guests at four parties Maher attended were "disgusted and disturbed" by his costume.
"It's obviously a publicity stunt ... The lengths people go to get attention in Hollywood. It's pretty disturbing," the site said.
One blogger, The Girl With A Curl, wrote on her online journal: "Grow the f--k up Maher, and learn the Old Rules before you write any more new ones. Tragedy + Time = Comedy."
On celebritysmack.blogspot.com, another suggested: "So who's going to don a great big asshole and go as Bill Maher this year?"