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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!
DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you can still watch episodes on youtube :)
Raineve Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome! I didnt think about that!
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:
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!
BumblebeesBride Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Wow. I really liked this.
WaxedOut Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, So amazing and sad at the same time. :/
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!
DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot :)
bubblyblonde98 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem. :aww:
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