By now everyone will have heard that Steve Irwin has tragically died. I don't know when I've been this sad to learn of the loss of a public figure. He seemed so real and so passionate. He saw the beauty in mother nature's ugliest children. No snake, spider, or lizard was ever less than a spectacular specimen of life on earth to him. His boundless energy, his work for the animals, and his smiling face will never be recovered and all the world is darker for it. I can't imagine what his family is going through. This is what they must have lived in fear of every day. How awful for their nightmares to come to life. How unfair of the fates to take him, no matter if he tempted them or not.
Rest in peace, Steve, and know you were loved.