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Sep 04, 2006

Everyone loved the Crocodile Hunter

It's very sad to report that conservationist Steve "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin was killed during a filming expedition in the Great Barrier Reef today. Whenever I saw Steve on T.V., his passion was stunning and admirable—I'm so sorry to hear he's gone. As you can see, everyone loved the Croc Hunter...his adventures are legendary. As soon as there is a live link to "The Crikey Fund", I'll link it.

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"CRIKEY!!!"

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"That was close!"

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That was quite an adventure, Karen K. [Who sent these photos back in March!]

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Comments

He will be dearly missed. Where CAN you get that smashing toy?

Siirenias
 |  Sep 04, 2006 at 11:30 PM

a very nice tribute to Mr. Steve Irwin.

Ronni
 |  Sep 04, 2006 at 11:33 PM

Aww ... cute AND touching :)

Jen
 |  Sep 04, 2006 at 11:33 PM

Pretty kitty - glad he/she didn't actually swallow it!

Irwin was a good man - he'll be missed by lots of people.

Christina
 |  Sep 04, 2006 at 11:34 PM

The really lousy part was that his wife was out on safari and could not be immediately notified. Literally the whole world knew about his death before her. An unnamed news agency (Think three letters long and American) tried to fly a news crew out to her on a helicopter so they could be the first to tell her and get her reaction on tape, but a group of ham radio operators were able to get in contact with her first and spoiled her plans.

He will be missed.

anonymouse
 |  Sep 04, 2006 at 11:37 PM

Adventuring is a risk and Steve took his chances like all adventurers. I remember reading a reprint from "UP FRONT" by Bill Mauldin. One of the characters says"I feel like a refugee from the law of averages". That law caught up with Steve Irwin.-Woods Walker

Woods Walker
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 12:07 AM

Thanks so much for posting this today (and the kitty, Lhiri, is a girl). We in this household are very sad for the Croc Hunter was held in high esteem.

The toy was from Subway - it was part of their Kids' Meals for promoting the Crocodile Hunter movie. There was also a moving spider, slap bracelet snake, and a baby crocodile. Steve and the Crocodile are wind up and the cats love to chase it.

Karen K.
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 12:12 AM

Thanks so much Karen, for sending in those photos. Who knew this would happen, and your photos are a fun, adventurous series.

Tomorrow, we'll have a bunch of Australian animals on the site to honor Steve.

Meg
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 12:16 AM

Aww, kitty lurves Steve-o. :-)

And since I've already been ripped once today on another message board for presuming to criticize him, I'll say no more...

AuntieMame
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 12:30 AM

I was stunned this morning when I read of it. I read somewhere that he lived life in capital letters, and always seemed to be have a few exclamation points to boot. I thought that was an apt description.

He'll be missed.

warrior rabbit
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 12:34 AM

Shocking and sad...Gone too soon...only 44.

Netherland Dwarf rabbit, owner!!♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 12:41 AM

Poor Steve. May he rest in peace. Nice tribute.

Min
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 12:54 AM

I too was stunned at the news. His pash and love for all animals - especially the less loveable, reptilian ones - was inspiring. He saw beauty and worth in all living things and his death is a terrible loss. Meg, your idea to honor Steve Irwin is a splendid one - thanks.

Aubrey
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 01:05 AM

i'm still in denial. i can't believe it. he was my favorite person in the universe. sigh.... i have a feeling that little Bindi, who was a daddy's girl for sure, will be a force in continuing her daddy's legacy.

deb
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 01:12 AM

Poor, poor Steve. Goodbye!

pistache268
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 01:30 AM

I was watching some of the older documentaries they were showing on Animal Planet today and there was a part where he was talking about how once he was confident that his children could continue this amazing work, he would graciously 'step aside'. I believe that is what he's done. Look at it that way. He had a life-long passion and accomplished so much... which is quite a rarity, but such a tremendous inspiration to all of us, no matter what our life purpose(s) may be. He now knows that it will be passed on, and that he will always be remembered.

Peace and love to him, his family, and his fans.

(Adorable photos also).

anon
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 01:38 AM

To use Steve's own words, this is shockin' awful. :( I'm still waiting for somebody to reveal that it's all a hoax.

Anonymouse: The Australian Broadcasting Company is also known as ABC, so it was probably them.

Jackie31337
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 02:03 AM

thanks for adding that meg, I miss him :'( I too donated to the fund for conservation. Sad, sad day. He would've loved those pics of kitty :)

sabrina
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 02:25 AM

Was taken aback when I heard the news. Just horrible and sad. Even though his life was way too short, he really did accomplish so much. And even though their dad is gone much too soon, there is so much about him forever recorded on film, that his kids will be able to know him so much better than most others who lose parents at a young age.

What an all around great guy. My heart hurts and I didn't even "know" him.

Been trying to send a message directly to his site, but haven't been able to log on.

Wendy
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 02:39 AM

Sad to see someone that was so devoted to the environement leave that way...

hello kitty hell
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 03:11 AM

To hear of his passing was truly horrible. I am somehow comforted by the fact that he was killed not in a plane crash or automobile accident but out doing what he loved. Goodbye Steve; you will be missed greatly.

Piggalette
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 03:36 AM

Good good stuff, folks. I knew Meg would have just the right thing. Steve would have loved it!

Lauri
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 04:04 AM

"...he was talking about how once he was confident that his children could continue this amazing work, he would graciously 'step aside'. I believe that is what he's done."

Amen, anon. Steve was a true hero in a world where we have so very few. He was courageous, respectful, big-hearted, passionate. A model for us all in how to live to the fullest of our capabilities. His legacy is suddenly huge and important to everyone, much more so than if he died quietly at age 99. God bless you always, Steve. We love you.

jaypo
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 04:15 AM

I couldn't believe it when someone mentioned it. I had to read it on cnn to prove it. He will be missed.

earadriede
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 04:23 AM

I was suprised how sad it made me when I heard the news. ...Seeing as I didn't know the man.
I just LOVED watching his shows. He was like some kind of nutty superhero. I think it was his fearlessness that I found so engaging.
Say what you will about him but this is a man that truly lived every portion of his short life.
I think he was one of the coolest, maddest human beings on earth. And I wish I had an ounce of his drive and unbashed joy of life.
Yes, he will be missed.

EricaE
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 04:38 AM

When I first heard it on the news I just couldn't believe it, I thought they were joking or that I had heard wrong.
It sounds strange, but I felt so very sad, he will be terribly missed. I still get a little teary eyed when I think about it.

Otter
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 04:47 AM

How poignant. I just feel terribly terribly sad that he's gone. Here in Oz everyone is in shock a bit- Steve the invincible. Next time I catch a brown snake in the yard I'll release it back into the bush I think.

Cels
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 04:49 AM

To die doing what you love, what more could anyone ask? He will be missed, the crazy ole boy. Sniff.

lemura
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 04:52 AM

ooh ooh. I just read your msg Meg- can we have koalas pleeease?

Cels
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 04:57 AM

I am much distraught over the loss of one of my childhood heroes. Steve Irwin was always one of those people that I expected to be around for eternity. He was an immortal of sorts. It is saddening to hear of his unfortunate demise.

However, I can say that he probably went in a way that he would have preferred. My heart goes out to his family.

Sabba
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 05:00 AM

I keep reminding myself that Steve is now in heaven with Sui, his beloved dog. Steve Irwin was a friend to all animals and will be dearly missed. He'd have loved those kitty pics - and all the animals on this site. RIP, mate, and prayers for Terri, Bindi Sue, and Bob.

snoopysnake
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 05:03 AM

Although I have never watched any of his shows, I knew of the work that he'd done and how much he loved animals... Much like Cousteau (spelling?) though, his legacy will live on in his children and his lovely wife....

As for this Kitty, She looks like just my Squirt!!! (Or as I call him while I'm snorgling him, "Squirt Blossom"... We call this breed Patio Cats, 'cause they're usually hanging out on some patio somewhere...

StormCat
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 05:15 AM

i was so sad to hear about this too. there are few enough people that care passionately about animals and conservation, and even fewer who have the personality and ability to affect so many other people's consciousness about these subjects. what a great guy. i'm sure he has inspired many children, and hopefully at least some of them will grow up to do more of this kind of work.

skippy
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 05:18 AM

though of course, no one could ever do it quite like him!

skippy
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 05:21 AM

Even knowing his line of work was extremely dangerous, I still can't believe he is gone. Stupid stingray. This is so sad.

christina s.
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 05:25 AM

The world has seen one of it's brightest lights extinguished. We have lost something truly fine and wonderful.

Jujube
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 05:46 AM

Does everybody else remember Cartman's Croc Hunter spoof on South Park? That was just great. These pictures come in a close second, though.

Michael
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 05:46 AM

When my husband woke me with the news in the wee hours, I thought it was a horrible mistake.
Steve was a modern day super hero, I was proud for my children to be able to see that kind of drive, passion and unabashed joy for the true world out there. The earth and animals on it (non-human & human)are so blessed for having been touched by this lifeforce.
Thank you Steve rest in peace. May your family be strengthend by the love flowing towards them from around the world.

Teri C
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 05:47 AM

I'm really saddened to hear of his death. I was an avid follower of his show and his quirkiness and love of animals always put a smile on my face. Like him, the more hideous and obscure the animal (except I don't like mole rats eww) the more I adored them. I'll miss you big guy.

blueberries4me
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 05:57 AM

I'm glad CO did a tribute to Steve. He'll definately be missed! ='(

Livbert
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 06:02 AM

Steve Irwin's passion and enthusiasm will be sorely missed by everyone who loves animals and the natural world. Like someone said, I'm sure he would have chosen to go doing the thing that he loved most. I hope his wife and daughter can take some comfort in that.

pugmamatimestwo
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 06:06 AM

I'm sad about Steve Irwin. I still can't believe it. I loved how he saw the beauty in misunderstood animals.

Lea
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 06:15 AM

What an absolutely beautiful tribute. Thank you Meg.

Simpson O'Brien
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 06:20 AM

He also left behind a young son. :(

blueberries4me
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 06:21 AM

Rest in peace Steve...

Olof Moleman
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 06:24 AM

Thank you so much for posting a message about Steve Irwin, and it's so nice to see the other posts here from others that respected him so much. In today's world where so many idolize someone simply because they're in the movies or play professional sports, most of us tend to not notice those like Steve Irwin who's celebrity status was born from passion, caring, and a life dedicated to making the world better for all of us until it's too late. I loved and respected him dearly, he was the only real hero that I ever had. I still can't read the news about him without crying. I truly feel that I've lost a friend. I hope wherever he is he's reunited by his mom, his beloved dog Sui, and plenty of agro, snapping crocs...

Sherri
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 06:31 AM

I'm still so sad about this.
Last night CNN ran a 2004 interview with Larry King after the Baby Bob incident, and they showed his "last entry in Sui's diary" and that was when I really started to lose it, his voice was all shaky on the voiceover and it was just so sweet.

I always thought he was the happiest guy on the planet. His passion for his work, his family, and for life in general is inspirational.

While I would hope that his kids continue his legacy, it's just so sad to me that he won't be there for them. Prayers for Terri, Bindi & Bob, and all his friends & family. Much too soon to be gone, though he probably lived more in his 44 years than most of us could in 444 years. RIP Steve.

PS--I'll never forget the segment with the spitting cobra---

ceebs
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 06:32 AM

I'm getting all tearyeyed here.
He left an 8 year old daughter and a 3 year old son.

When my cousin died a few weeks ago a friend of mine said something that really lifted my spirits. My cousin was also FULL of life and energy, a free spirit who raised everyone else up when he walked into a room.

What my friend said was this,"Did you notice how the day Mitch died everything in the universe was a bit more beautiful, because all the love and energy in his body was now released to join it."

Well, I felt that way yesterday whilst working in my garden. I thought of all the love and positive energy of Steve joining that of the very air around us and making it that much more beautiful.

Yoiks! Sorry for the longwindedness.....

Lauri
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 06:33 AM

Very sad, loved his show. Am assuming that I could just send a check to the Australian zoo? I heard that there would be a fund for his kids and for the animals, but I don't know how long that could take to set up...there's only one main Australian zoo, right?

Joanna
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 06:35 AM

thank you for doing this

astrogrrrl
 |  Sep 05, 2006 at 06:35 AM

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