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Goodbye, Steve September 4, 2006 – 8:12 p.m. – Permalink

I never actually watched The Crocodile Hunter but I knew what it was and who hosted it. Steve Irwin, that crazy guy with the whacko accent and eccentric qualities that made him a truly remarkable person. When I first read that Steve Irwin had been pierced in the heart by a stingray barb, I could not believe my eyes.

He died after I turned off my computer and to me, the Internet was silent. But all across the world, as people discovered that the story was true and that the Australian government was not lying about the lifelong environmentalist’s death, “the Internet exploded,” as Brian puts it in his blog.

I feel terrible about saying this, but one of the most amazing things about his death was the astounding amount of coverage it received across the Web. Blogs had posts regarding it within minutes of his departure, forum topics sprung up like popcorn in a microwave, and discussions ran rampant everywhere.

It was like a massive volcanic eruption of activity that I’ve never seen anywhere in the Web. Steve’s death will be remembered as the most-covered death in the history of the Internet. And I believe he appreciates that.

So, goodbye, Mr. Irwin. May you teach us about wildlife eternally.