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Dear friend,

when we stumbled over each other in the Australian outback in 99, I was young and eager to explore the wild on my own, something you had already achieved long before. I did not know your name, nor your face, and you, ever so humble, appreciated that more than I knew. With me, you were able to be an ordinary man.

Camp Cooee turned upside down with you around, as it sometimes did, despite its location way out in the bush, nestled between the trees. We became friends and brothers in arms for a brief time, and despite my inability to explain the theory of relativity to someone as hyper as you, you still perked up and listened with a bright shine in your eyes when I told you that all the world and its inhabitants are made from stardust. It was the same shine you always had when we talked about wildlife.

I'm thankful to have learned a great deal from you about the outback, survival methods, how to deal with snakes and other dangerous wildlife. It has been my honor and privilege calling you my friend and jumping a Porosus with you and the others of the team. It might well be thanks to you and your advice that I made it through the outback as unharmed as I did.

Never again have I met a human as passionate and full of life as you. And just like I told you at the camp fire one evening, I still believe that one of the main problems of this world is that people like you and I don't own it and decide what is sustainable and what isn't.

Today is the 5th anniversary of your death. As long as I am able to breathe and think, I shall never forget you or the day you died, doing what you did best: being an ordinary man without any need for acting, filming wildlife and creating passion and wonder in other people.

Your infectious enthusiasm is felt to this day and is unlikely to leave the world of nature television for a long, long time.

I miss ya, Steve.
Written on the 5th death anniversary of my friend Steve Irwin, otherwise known as The Crocodile Hunter.

It was a high rated news article back then, but since the news section has been taken down, it's now hard to find. Hence it gets its own deviation.
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Raineve Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Even though i never knew him personally i cried for days when he died, my mother even commented that i was depressed for a year after, I really wish his show still came on TV here :( I miss it!
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you can still watch episodes on youtube :)
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Raineve Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome! I didnt think about that!
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Travail-de-lame Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Unfortunately, my English is too badly when I could express, how much sadly I am about the early death of this great man :cry:
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teresaoro Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
I used to watch it and really got in my heart deep down! Thank you for reminding about him!
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BumblebeesBride Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Wow. I really liked this.
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WaxedOut Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, So amazing and sad at the same time. :/
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bubblyblonde98 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This was so heartfelt and passionate, it shocked me when I realized you were talking about Steve Irwin. It's very cool that you not only met him, but got to know him as well as you did, as a person and a friend and not just someone on TV. I'm very sorry for your loss, it sounds like you shared a one-of-a-kind friendship with him, but I'm sure he left you with some very good memories and experiences. Even if it caused you pain, you're very lucky to have known him like you did, and I can tell you know that. My heart goes out to you!
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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bubblyblonde98 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem. :aww:
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Alpha0177 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
To sum up what many people here have said:

Steve Irwin, and the people like him, are never really forgotten.
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RioCyan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
To be filled with passion - for life, for love, for being - these are the true giants among us.

A beautiful tribute to a remarkable man from someone who comes across as being a giant in their own right.
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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jadewolf33 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
You knew him!?
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah
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jadewolf33 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Wow. Then it must have been hard for you when he died. Anyways, this is a nice letter! I never knew him in person, but his shows helped me learn and I learned his personality, but you knew who he was on and off camera.
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was a sad time, but it also inspired me :)
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jadewolf33 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Yea. You know, I really don't remeber much about his show becasue i was only about 9 when he died
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Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Composed so beautifully and so sencere to hear your emotional information about him :D
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Bad-Books Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Yup per...... RE!!!!!!!!!! :( :'(
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ShayInWonderland Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Heh, this made me cry. I LOVE Steve Irwin, and I bawled when he died (My parents even let me stay home from school to watch the funeral because I was so desperately in need of closure). This was a beautiful tribute to an amazing man.
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Iskrena Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
I will always be sorry for the loss of Steve Irwin. I didn`t have the opportunity to know him, nor meet him. But I cried after reading this letter. I miss him and his love for animals.
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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There will always be wildlife warriors :)
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Iskrena Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
YES!!! God bless them!
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foxy-illusions12 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
sooooo sad
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Fabriga Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so lucky to have met him, and I'm so sorry for your loss. This is such a beautiful piece, i cried after reading it. Though I didn't had the chance to meet him, he was one of my idols in childhood through my dreams of being a wildlife researcher ( which sadly is an occupation impossible to carry on where i live). His death is such a huge loss to all of the world, to all to those of us who were very lucky to have grown up watching his programs.
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Rjet33 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
He was a great guy! Always enjoyed watching his shows! He is loved and missed by many!
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DdTheInsanity Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Wow. This is just. Heart-acheing.
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jsmokey49 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
its very well done :) and im glad to have found someone who new him. iv never seen anyone so passionate about animals before. and iv been watching his shows my whole life. im in love with animals myself. and caught my one and only rattler (stupidly) last year. i live and work on a small stable now but im still trying to pursue some kind of future career involving both animals and art. and hopefully people because i love them all. i miss the guy and i never met him. i just hope his wife and kid (kids?) are fine. i dont have a tv anymore and barely keep updated online. its been a few years. i just want to say thank you im glad you two had known eachother. alot of critics out there like to put steves name in the gutter.
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xMistandshadoWx Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
You are an incredibly lucky person to have known him. That was something I always dreamed of: traveling to Australia and meeting him. I still watch reruns of his show to this day, albeit with a twinge of sadness. But that sadness is tempered by the fact that I'm certain he lived a happier life than most of us are fortunate enough to, and died a greater death than most of us are allowed: to die doing that which we love. As I said, you are truly blessed to have known him, though I'm certain you don't need me to tell you that.
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Funky-Chick Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
R.I.P have a great time wherever you are fellow aussie!
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vampiricdemoncutie Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you knew him!?
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup
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vampiricdemoncutie Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconlegaspplz: he was my idol growing up!! i used to be glued to the tv when the tv show came on
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EverFreeTree Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This brought a huge smile ta my face, then made me tear up quite a bit, then made me break down n cry for a minute...
I do believe that was the proper reaction.
I remember watchin' Steve Irwin on T.V. when I was about 10 years old, wonderin' how someone could be crazy enough ta wrestle a crocodile, smart enough ta tell ya everything you'd ever need ta know about that croc in a few minutes, n passionate enough ta have a massive smile on his face the whole time.
I remember hearin' about his death on the news n not even believing it... I remember thinkin' it didn't happen. It took a week for it ta sink in.
I had never met the man. So I can't even imagine how you felt... but from what I've read in this, I can tell how much ya cared.
Thank ya for puttin' this here. I really needed some good memories tonight, n you provided it.
Thank ya kindly.
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Mammaflet Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Me too[link]
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure :aww:
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Jojemo Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The day Steve Irwin died was a sad day, not just for his family, but for millions of people. I watched many of his shows and I learned a lot about animals and reptiles from the information he gave us. Your letter, Thor, does honor to Steve's memory. :iconkimberely:
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TheAssholeProphet Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012   General Artist
wow, I don't even know how to explain how that made me feel.. not quite bad but not quite good.
I think its awesome you knew him :)
and yeah He was amazing :D
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IrishBecky Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Wow! I didn't know that you knew the Crocodile Hunter! I have always thought that he was so cool! Was so sad when I heard that he died. Can't believe it was five years ago.
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LilithNowhere Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved Steve Irwin! He inspired me and my bf so much during our younger years, that we've now committed our lives to caring for, and rehoming mistreated reptiles and other exotic animals. We know a guy who has a spectacled caiman, he has alot of heart... But never as much as I always saw in steve's eyes when I was a kid.
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Dancing-Kiwi Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student Writer
I wish I could have met him. I had this dream, you could call it, to go to Australia and see him somehow, just because he was such a huge part of me and my childhood and he inspired me so much.
You are so, so lucky to have met him, and I believe that just to stand where he once stood, someday, will be a great honor for me. Thank you for posting this.
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TheAssholeProphet Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012   General Artist
sorry I just had to say your icon is so cute!! :3 xx
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AudraMBlackburnsArt Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional
Powerful. Death hath no mercy on us living. I feel exactly the same way you do, grief is not something one can understand nor pretend to until it happens, I miss our mates, too.
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ArtistikMess Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Student General Artist
I remember the sadness that moved into my heart when I heard the news of his death...R.I.P. Steve!
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Nikolina-Angelova Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I cannot believe it has been so long... I actually shed a tear when I found out he had died... I grew up watching his shows and he is the main reason for my love of nature and my respect for all living creatures today! :) you were so very lucky to have been his friend!
I wanted so very much to meet him and it was a dream of mine to learn from him and talk to him about wildlife... his death was a great loss to the world.
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry you never had the chance to see him live. I wish they'd release ALL the docus on blu ray or something :/
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Nikolina-Angelova Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So am I... I still hope to go to the Australia Zoo someday... I do hope they release it all... as soon as they do, they will be on the top of my list of must buys!!
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DragonBrush95 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student General Artist
that is very beautiful. i wrote something similar for my great grandmother to whom i was close to as well when she died. just remember all the times you had together, good and bad, and don't be afraid to cry it out if need be. ^^
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Revolution-Nein Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Student General Artist
He was your friend? Wow...that's actually rather amazing. He was rather inspirational to me when I was a child. This is a very touching piece of writing.
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