Monday, September 04, 2006

Gone: The Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin

His antics were so brain-bogglingly wild, so nuts, that I think we got used to the fact that he'd make it through them all. Crocodiles. Not a problem. Most poisonous snakes on the planet. Nothing to worry about. Nasty, biting, scratching, clawing things...he had it under control, if flailingly, if just barely. Laughing and goofing about it all the while.

But one of his beloved Earth critters finally got to the Crikey Guy. A stingray stung his heart.

And it stopped. Forever.

This is the statement posted at his site:

At 11am today, the 4th September 2006, Steve Irwin was fatally wounded by a stingray barb to his heart whilst filming a sequence on Batt Reef off Port Douglas for his daughter’s new TV series. Emergency services were called from Cairns Rescue Base and met Croc One, Steve’s rescue vessel at Low Isle on the Great Barrier Reef. The Croc One crew performed constant CPR during the thirty minute dash to Low Isle, but the medical staff pronounced Steve dead at approx. 12 noon.

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!”

No more wild adventures with The Crocodile Hunter. I figure his family knew this kind of thing could happen, though, naturally, no one wished it. God's all-surpassing peace be upon those he left behind.

And may the koalas and kangaroos and reptiles he loved keep on climbing and hopping and crawling on the planet he found a huge, astounding, wonderful playground. If he had one last wish, I'm thinking it was that we'd make sure the natural beauties stayed beautiful and full of life.

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