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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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IllumedBeauty    

Thats sad :( Sad his family are without him too… RIP. But when you are in the water, you really are in the sharks territory, people can't ever forget that. They don't know we're not their dinner, they smell blood movement miles away…they react. It'll happen till we stop getting near them.

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Terry     

Let me get this straight.They kill the sharks for doing what sharks do!Kill and Eat people!I would think they would be applauding the shark for ridding the world of another dumb ass who goes swimming in shark infested waters.......

511 days ago
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Tammy LM    

How in the world were they able to take his body away from at least four sharks, one of them being a 14 foot Great White in a feeding frenzy? They didn't say how MUCH of his body they recovered. I wonder if that is one of the sharks up close to the boat that the guy in back is pointing at? That and is that the guy's body or some of it in the boat with them right under the guy with the light blue shirt on?

511 days ago
19.

ShellBell    

I'm going to get in the first "YIKES"!

511 days ago
20.

Joe the Plumber    

R.i.p. = Ripped Into Pieces Sharks gotta eat too!!

511 days ago
21.

jabberjaws    

Save the sharks!

511 days ago
22.

static    

Just do what I do stay on the beach and drink.

511 days ago
23.

jdub    

Damn, what a horrible way to go. This has got to be tough on his family. RIP.

511 days ago
24.

Mike    

This only happens to white people they get a rush off swimming far out into the ocean and swimming with sharks

511 days ago
25.

Bill Leslie    

Crikey!!

511 days ago
26.

lisa c    

Very sad for his family.

511 days ago
27.

k    

Is it just me or does anyone else see a guy walking on water in the top left photo?

511 days ago
28.

chevy88    

May he rest in peace

511 days ago
29.

Sue from jersey    

Jaws 5

511 days ago
30.

Kookla    

Such horror!!!!! Im terrified of sharks. Im too scared to swim in the water where I can't see what's in it

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