‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin killed by stingrayInternationally recognized environmentalist, 44, was filming documentary ironically entitled“Ocean’s Deadliest”.
Steve Irwin did a lot for animals and the environment, and by all accounts he was a great man if not a bit nutty, but he lived and died his passion - what more could one hope for in life. Here's what I don't get, though - stupid statements like the one:
Prime Minister John Howard, who hand-picked Irwin to attend a gala barbecue to honor President Bush when he visited in 2003, said he was “shocked and distressed at Steve Irwin’s sudden, untimely and freakish death.”
Um, have you never SEEN Steve Irwin in action before? Has anyone ever seen one single episode of The Crocodile Hunter and NOT wondered when he was eventually going to get himself killed by some animal or other? Yes, it's sad and sure it is a loss, but get real, man. This isn't some random chance kind of thing, the nature of what this man did had him tempting this fate since he first jumped on the back of a 'cranky little rippa'. For someone like Steve Irwin, a freakish death would have been getting crushed in a garbage press, not killed by a stingray barb to the heart when you KNOW he was putting himself in a position to get the injury in the first place.
I get irritated when people's irresponsible behaviors lead them to something tragic like this. He did indeed get killed doing what he loved and did a lot of good in the world as a result of it - but here are some facts that are getting ignored. He leaves behind an 8 year old daughter that won't have him walking her down any aisle in the future and a 3 year old son that will never experience his father's wisdom as he takes him to college and gets him settled into a dorm, and a wife that is going to have to live knowing that his recklessness eventually led to the one second he let slip in carelessness that made it all happen. It's not that I have no sympathy, I do - but when you have people who are depending on you to be responsible and take care of them, to make sure you can BE there for them, then some shit like this happens, I get the ass.
I guess I'll be the first to nominate him for a Darwin Award.
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