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4th-Sep-2006 08:38 am
‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin killed by stingray
Internationally 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. More in this thread, with the loverlycoolbeans56.
4th-Sep-2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
I think he was batshit-crazy,or at least as crazy as that guy in the "Grizzly Man" film.It just goes to show what happens when you go around bothering wild animals.
4th-Sep-2006 01:09 pm (UTC)
4th-Sep-2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
Though I will say he died what he loved doing.

But getting a Stingray barb peircing RIGHT THROUGH your heart is about a freakish as you can ever ever get. The chances of ANYONE having that done to them is very small.
4th-Sep-2006 01:15 pm (UTC)
"The chances of ANYONE having that done to them is very small."

Absolutely, UNLESS you're a crazy, reckless SOB who's hovering directly over the thing and in perfect range for such an injury, then it's just a matter of evolutionary staging, really.
4th-Sep-2006 01:17 pm (UTC)

but I have seen tons of scuba divers/nature people swim with stingrays and mantas and that.
4th-Sep-2006 01:23 pm (UTC)
Dude, the irony of this happening while filming a documentary called "Ocean's Deadliest" is just fuckin' staggering to me. You can swim with stingrays at the goddamned waterpark in Disneyworld, for fuck's sake! When i first heard this, I imediately thought "ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME WITH THIS?"

Consider how ridiculous it is to have been killed by a stingray, an animal whose toxins/venom/poison is enough to hurt you but is not lethal while filming a documentary on the ocean's deadliest animals.

What I'm saying, basically, is this is a lot like Siegfried or Roy getting killed NOT by a tiger, but instead by a hamster.
4th-Sep-2006 01:26 pm (UTC)
I just imagine the killer rabbit from Monty Python attacking Roy in Las Vegas.

Ze Rabbit is ze friend! AAAAHHHHHHHH!
4th-Sep-2006 01:31 pm (UTC)
Or the tree that killed the best part of Sonny & Cher.
4th-Sep-2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
I just hope his death was quick and painless. I feel sorry for his wife and his very young children. He did a lot of good in bringing attention to crocodiles and other exotic animals. He loved and respected them, but I too feel he tested fate too many times, he was over confident in his animal handling skills.

RIP Steve. :(
4th-Sep-2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
as I said on my blog concerning this subject...

"On top of that, the guy was completely irresponsible concerning matters of safety (WHAT, you say even after he was speared like a trout by one of his animals) given that he held his frigging NEWBORN SON in his arms as he fed a loosed crocodile hunks of meat. Apparently, according to him, his child wasn't in any danger. Sure thing, Steve. That's why you're alive today because of something as innocuous as a fucking Stingray. I bet Michael Jackson would agree with you after dangling 'Blanket' over a 10th story balcony.

Personally, it's probably a good thing this child grows up without a parent seemingly unconcerned with the very basics of safety. At least he'll grow up AT ALL, and not be eaten, stung, ripped apart, pecked to death, carried off, or ground into paste by a host of animals at some point.

However, since I am sensitive to people's feelings on the matter, I'll try to offer my condolences.. here goes:

"I'm sorry for your quasi-celebrity loss, it's a terrible shame his own ill thought out actions caused his untimely death and thus robbed his son of the father he should have had, had he not used animal harrassment as his means to fame and fortune."
5th-Sep-2006 12:42 am (UTC) - Steve Irwin - irresponsible parent
I agree with you whole-heartedly. One one hand people who do what they love should be applauded, but not when it's at the expense of their family who is depending on them for their livelihood and that critical familial relationship. He was a guy who definitely pushed the envelope with these animals. The "surprises" in Jack Hanna's job are that he gets licked by a camel or crapped on by a kinkajou, not mauled to death by a tiger. You know why? Because he doesn't f---ing put himself in a position to risk it! So here is Mr. "Crikey" intentionally acting like a doufus and provoking these animals to make it look even MORE dangerous for the camera. I feel so badly for his family. This was hardly worth the toll it's about to take on them. His immediate family will definitely go through that "angry" part of the mourning period. And that sucks!
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