Is it just me, or was Steve Irwin just some bloke you automatcally switched off when he appeared.
I've been fascinated by the news coverage of his death by Stingray barb. I genuinely hadn't realised he was anywhere near as big a star as he appears to be. However, in the past day, I've listened to Five Live's headline news. I've read John Howard's hushed eulogy. Marvelled at a statement from Africa's most successful croc. hunter Khalid Hassen:
''I know that he led a dangerous life, but it just doesn't seem right that a fish should kill him... It is an unfitting death for him'' Eh?????
Apparently if the family wish, Australia will bestow a state funeral upon him. Crikey. If I was his family I'd tell everyone to piss off and let them handle their grief privately. I guess his death during filming is something they must have grudgingly come to expect, but grief, is grief, is grief. Putting that up for public consumption would be a cheap end, if it isn't already cheap enough.