Steve Irwin dies

I can’t believe Steve Irwin died! He was great. I think ITV used to broadcast his show on Saturday afternoons, and I always liked his enthusiasm for the subject. I seem to remember him frequently darting behind rocks when he spotted a wild animal, then making the cameraman squeeze in next to him, which made me laugh. I always wanted to see his film, which is described by the imdb as:

Aussie adventurer Steve Irwin – a.k.a. “The Crocodile Hunter” is out to save a gorgeous croc and relocate him. What The Steve doesn’t know is that the Crocodile has innocently swallowed a top secret U.S. satellite beacon, and some CIA agents sent to retrieve it. Steve mistakes the CIA agents for poachers and sets out to stop them from capturing the Crocodile.

I remember cracking up in the cinema when the trailer showed Steve meeting a fictional US president. He clearly didn’t take himself too seriously.

Apparently he was hit by a Stingray’s barb while filming in Australia. It wasn’t so much the poison in the barb as that it pierced his heart, which is incredibly rare. Sad 🙁