Who hadn't heard of the exploits of the legendary Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter by now? He had become a legendary pop culture phenomenon over the years. And now we say goodbye to the wildlife enthusiast who brought us so much entertainment.
The most ironic thing about the whole situation is how he died. Let's face it, I think we all knew that it was just a matter of time before he tempted fate once too often and ended up having a serious accident before long. However, I'm sure several people like myself just knew it would be a crocodile that would do it. Not an animal that's not even known for being aggressive.
I never did see the movie he made, The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, and I probably never will as it looks pretty stupid. However, I enjoyed watching his actual wildlife show. Plus, he was indirectly a part of one of the best episodes of South Park ever. He was an extremely charismatic cat and he actually made dealing with crocs look easy.
He had come under fire in recent years because of his questionable parental actions. You just don't hold your infant while you're dealing with a crocodile. But that was the beauty of his character. Those Australian outback folks are just wired differently. Strangely enough, he was killed while filming a segment for a kid's show. Now he's gone at the young age of 44. Rest in peace, mate.