Monday, September 04, 2006

Rest in peace, Crocodile Hunter

You know, this really shouldn't be shocking, but it still is. Steve Irwin, better known here in the U.S. by the name of his show The Crocodile Hunter, died today while filming a documentary.

THE Crocodile Man, Steve Irwin, is dead. He was killed in a freak accident in Cairns, police sources said. It appeared that he was killed by a sting-ray barb that went through his chest, Queensland Police Inspector Russell Rhodes said.

What makes this even more surprising is that what he was doing, while dangerous, it was not nearly as risky as most of the other things he's been filmed doing. Say what you'd like about the risks he took, he seemed to be a personable guy who loved his family, and he brought much entertainment and knowledge of the wild to the living rooms of Australians and Americans. My prayers are with his wife and two young children.

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