We were all deeply saddened to hear on the news Tuesday night that Steve Irwin was killed in a freak diving accident while filming off the Australian coast. Actually, I was floored when I heard the news. It's just unbelievable. Too sad for words. Our hearts go out to the friends and family of Steve Irwin.
I had long admired Steve and his wife Terri (a fellow Oregon native) for the wonderful contributions they've made to wildlife conservation and education. CNN called Steve "a TV presenter" and he was indeed a great presenter and teacher. Steve was a man of action and passion, no question about that. Believe it or not, some people even knocked him for his enthusiasm, but his passion was real. As Steve said, "...passion and enthusiasm helps push the educational message." Steve had plenty of that as well as a sharp mind and amazing courage. The world lost a very great man and a great teacher this week, and much, much too soon. We'll never forget you, Steve. Thanks, mate, for all you've taught us. You will always be an inspiration.
(Source for the Steve Irwin photo.)
One of Steve's fans made a nice little slideshow in tribute. You can see it on YouTube here along other videos related to Steve Irwin.