I woke up this morning to the sad news that Steve Irwin had been killed in an accident with a stingray while filming near the Barrier Reef in Australia. At first it sounded like he’d taken one too many chances with the ‘dangerous’ creatures he campaigned to protect and help people understand, but it actually sounds like a real freak incident—there are only two other reported human deaths to a stingray in Australia, the latest in 1945.
There are plenty of people I admire, but Steve was a real hero to me, as an incredibly entertaining and enthusiastic person, but also for the fact that he seemed to take the best from everything.
At least he died doing what he loved the most, and in his home country. This quote from crocodilehunter.com by his producer, John Stainton, makes a nice summary:
His producer and closest friend, John Stainton said on Croc One today,
The world has lost a great wildlife icon, a passionate conservationist and one of the proudest Dads on the planet. He died doing what he loves best and left this world in a happy and peaceful state of mind. Crocs Rule!