Steve Irwin, the legendary "Crocodile Hunter" and celebrity-status naturalist was killed in a freak accident off the coast of Cairns, Australia on September 4, 2006. He was 44. According to media reports, Steve was killed by a stingray barb that went through his chest, while he was filming for a marine documentary. He is survived by his American-born wife and their two children. His family is planning a private funeral that may well take place next week.
Real Crocodile Tears
Since Monday, millions of people worldwide have expressed their sympathy on his sudden demise. Upon hearing this news that morning, undeniably I too felt so sad. I used to watch his shows on Animal Planet on satellite TV, and in most times I felt that he is a "saviour" to the animal kingdom. What is more important is that he has taught us how to appreciate mother nature, particularly the wildlife. His enthusiasm and tireless love for animals made him popular and a very unique man indeed. For this, he will always be remembered for his works toward nature conservation and preservation. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family, his fans all over world, and Australians in general whom many consider him as a national hero. May Steve rest in peace.