“Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin was killed yesterday afternoon in a “freak sting ray accident,” in which the ray’s barb apparently struck in or near his heart, while filming a documentary off the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. He left behind a wife (who, due to the fact that she was trekking in the mountains at the time, wasn’t notified until well after the rest of the world was), and two children.
Known for his risk-taking and daredevil antics around some of the world’s deadliest creatures, Irwin brought us all closer to wildlife, and made passing on the messages of nature and conservation a fun, interactive, and often adrenaline-filled pursuit.
Granted, it’s neither Georgia nor politics (although Steve Irwin did pay a visit to the Ranger school down at Ft. Benning once, to teach a class on poisonous snakes), but it’s still a big loss for us all. RIP, “Crocodile Hunter.”