“If something ever happens to me, people are gonna be like ‘we knew a croc would get him!'” – Steve Irwin
Yeah buddy, but we never thought a stingray would get you. Nor did any of us ever want one to. You were a remarkable human being my friend. I loved your show. I loved your ability to walk up to whatever you wanted to without having any noticeable reservations or fears.
A Film Threat reader on our message board asked, “Why Steve Irwin and no Steve-O?” A better question, based on the DVD treatment of the original (un-edited) trilogy, would probably be, “Why Steve Irwin and not George Lucas?” But I digress. Heck, when Bronson died, I even wondered, “Why Charles Bronson and not Britney Spears?” But I digress again.
Few celebrity deaths have affected me over the years. Obviously Charles Bronson’s did. Johnny Cash’s did. I was so much a fan of Steve Irwin that I actually saw Collision Course in the theater, and I paid for it. And I didn’t hate it. This dude had a sort of energy I’ve envied since my first introduction to him. He loved animals, he loved life, and he lived it to the fullest.
Stupid stingray. I’d like to punch that stingray in the face. Who would have thought that a man who juggles alligators while jump roping poisonous snakes would die at the hands of a stingray?
My thoughts go out to his family left behind. Two kids and a wife who shared many of his wildlife adventures are still here to carry his name on.
Steve, if you’re reading this, I usually draw pictures in honor of the subject matter I write about here. But my inspiration lately seems to have leaked out of me, rendering me drawless. So I found this video I’d like to share and dedicate to you from another fallen hero of mine. I hope you enjoy it Steve. I’ll miss you my Australian friend. The world just isn’t quite the same without you. Sleep well.