...that Steve Irwin, the Australian television star, naturalist and conservationist was killed yesterday.
When I first saw one of his "Crocodile Hunter" programs, I thought he was over the top, putting on an act to make his show popular. Later, it became clear that he was simply being himself, not holding back his enthusiasm for the creatures of the wild and for what he was doing. From then on, I was a fan.
By all accounts, he was the same on and off screen: outgoing, approachable and warm. He seems to have had a happy life; it's tragic that it should end so soon.
I know his wife and two small children will miss him terribly, as will, in a lesser way, everyone who ever saw him.
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