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Shark Attack

TV Director Killed

By Great White

2/27/2013 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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An award-winning TV and film director was killed in a gruesome shark attack off the coast of New Zealand today ... as authorities grabbed guns and opened fire on the animals.

46-year-old Adam Strange -- who's directed a whole bunch of international commercials for companies like Pepsi and Firestone -- was swimming at a popular NZ beach when a Great White pulled him underwater. According to local reports, at least 3 other sharks were drawn to the attack.

Local police jumped in a small boat and raced over to the scene ... joined by a helicopter. The cops fired at least 20 shots at the sharks, but it was too late.

One shark was reportedly killed in the gunfire ... and its body -- measuring 14-feet long -- washed up on shore a short time later.

As for Strange -- authorities were able to recover his body after the attack.

Strange didn't just direct commercials -- he also won Best Short Film at the Berlin Film Festival in 2009. He leaves behind a wife and small child.

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taffy84    

Not the way you want to go out. I think I'll just stick to pools

569 days ago
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Melissa1987    

sad

569 days ago
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Mystery Guest    

Wow, that's terrible.

569 days ago
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Mikey    

Who woulda thought.


Thats like Lou Gehrig getting Lou Gehrig's Disease.

569 days ago
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TiffC    

This story is hard to masturbate to. RIP shark.

569 days ago
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Bob L    

The only good Great White shark is a dead Great White shark.

569 days ago
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braintrain    

They should have used a bigger boat

569 days ago
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Glenda     

What a gruesome way to go.

569 days ago
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Star Whacker    

Shark attack, shark attack. Get out of the water and don't look back!!! Strange!

569 days ago
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Melissa B    

Aw that's horrible. Condolences to his wife & child. Also the rest of his family.

569 days ago
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kburn    

RIP

569 days ago
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cindy    

That's terrible! What a terrible way to go.

569 days ago
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Brett Nathaniel Scott    

It looks like the other boat is down range of the shooter. This is what happens when you let foreigners have guns.

569 days ago
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Eddie    

Stop messing with these wild animals they are unpredictable

569 days ago
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babygirljr88    

it's terribly sad that this happened but there was no need to kill the shark :( he was after all swimming where they live. not being cold hearted but thats like a burglar calling the cops to come shoot a homeowner for attacking them.

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