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Goodbye Steve Irwin, rest in peace

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday September 4, 2006 )

While not really related to the online world, I wanted to pay tribute to Australian Steve Irwin, better known as The Crocodile Hunter, who died earlier today local time after a tragic accident while diving.

It’s been reported that Steve was killed by the barb from a stingray whilst on a dive in Queensland, Australia. The barb supposedly pierced his heart or the left side of his chest which induced a fatal heart attack.

I was never a big fan of Steve’s in the early days, I thought he was what we call over here a “bit of a galah” – he was just really over the top and I assumed rather false. Over time I discovered that his extrovertedness and exuberance wasn’t fake at all; it was just his immense passion for his work brimming over. May we all be so lucky to be so passionate in our daily toil.

Steve was a great ambassador for Australia and educated many about not only wildlife here, but also the wildlife of other countries. It was only a week or so ago I was watching one of his documentaries where he was (repeatedly) going head to head with a cobra, covered in venom and rather excited about it all :). That was the kind of guy he was. He died as he lived.

More importantly, Steve and his wife Teri are huge advocates of wildlife preservation. They are patrons of Wildlife Warriors, a wildlife conservation and rehabilitation charity.

Steve and Teri also own and operate Australia Zoo, an award winning wildlife park in Queensland. It’s often used a hospice for the many animals that Steve rescued over the years.

My family’s condolences go out to Steve’s parents and siblings, his wife Teri and her children.

Steve will be missed by thousands, perhaps millions given his global popularity. As an indication of the impact of Steve Irwin on the world, The Crocodile Hunter and Australia Zoo sites are both currently unavailable, probably due to the load caused by so many people trying to visit the sites.

I also notice that Wikipedia have already updated their profile on Steve Irwin with some details of his passing. Such is the nature of the Internet – good news travels fast, bad news even faster.

Rest in peace Steve. You are a hero to many in a time when real Australian heroes are becoming fewer and farther between.


3 comments for Goodbye Steve Irwin, rest in peace
  1. I wept at hearing Steve Irwin’s death on monday. I was shocked as it was so sudden and tragic, Steve Irwin has been my hero for 10 years since I first watched his show in 1996 when I was 6 years old. I truly am devastated by his death and my sympathies really go out to his family and friends. He was an amazing person and did so many great things, he truly was a hero.

    Comment by Vicki — September 6, 2006 @ 9:52 am

  2. I always liked Steve Irwin. He seemed to be a genuinely good person, teacher, naturalist, and humanitarian, he did a lot to represent those who cannot represent themselves, his beloved animals. He was one of those larger than life personalities that you cannot replace …

    We extend our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Terri, daughter Bindi and son Bob Irwin, and to Steve’s Dad Bob as well as to all the members of his staff at the zoo, and to the many friends Steve leaves behind in his passing from this life to the next.

    May God Bless and Comfort Steve Irwin’s family and friends. Love knows no boundries … he loved his family dearly, and was just as passionate about his work. He will be greatly missed by everyone who’s heart he has touched, those who have welcomed him into their homes via the television, and by all who have come to understand him throughout his work. We pray his family will be comforted in their loss knowing Steve was doing something that he loved.

    Donald & Violet Hart Family U.S.A.

    Comment by Violet — September 6, 2006 @ 11:48 pm

  3. Eventhough i did not know you personally, you have touched my family and i in a way you will never know mate, miss ya heaps mate goodbye

    Comment by Tanya — January 19, 2007 @ 12:17 am

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