Oh, this is such sad news Noah.
He will be VERY missed.
I was a huge fan of his enthusiasm and love of nature.
He was just a genuine man,
who genuinely loved nature.
I wrote a tribute poem about him 5 years ago and wanted to copy it here for you. Here's the original link with some fun comments from long ago:
In Tribute to Steve Irwin - "The Crocodile Hunter" (Sept 30, 2001)
Now if I sound enthusiastic, it's because I am …
I want to share the story of a very special man;
He's not a cartoon character, nor fiction writer's dream,
He is as real as you or I - a man of great esteem.
A native of Australia, where he was born and raised,
Among the crocodiles, he grew, in tune with nature's ways;
From infancy to teenage years, he gathered vast respect,
For all the creatures of the world who suffer from neglect.
It's through his grand enthusiasm, all are mesmerized,
His love and his sincerity could never be disguised;
It matters not the species, nor their size or temperament,
From scales to fur - from fins to paws, his warmth is heaven sent.
He charms the largest crocodiles, he soothes the fiercest snakes,
He swims with seals and sweetly calls orangutans his "mates";
He cares for wombats, wallabies and joey kangaroos,
Koalas, spiders, geckos … there is nothing he'll refuse.
He sees the beauty in their souls, acknowledges their pain,
Explores deep in the heart of them, what others can't explain;
"She's just a little grumpy," he may whisper to the wind …
"But isn't she just darling?" he will murmur with a grin.
In total admiration, he implores, "Look in her eyes!"
"She's beautiful … she's gorgeous!" as he genuinely sighs;
Infectious in his presentation, one can't help but feel,
The same emotions he portrays with passionate appeal.
The world would be a better place, if more would emulate,
This hero of the wilderness, whom I appreciate;
A teacher of the greatest sort, he shares his gift with all …
The gift of understanding, for all creatures great and small.