Steve Irwin, our beloved wild-life crusader and "Croc-hunter" from Australia has past away at age 44. He died earlier today after a stingray stabbed it's poison tipped tail through his chest while he was swimming past it. He was taken via helicopter to an emergency room, but was declared dead before he arrived. Famed for his tv-series, "Crocodile Hunter", Steve Irwin became known as the most daring wildlife expert in the world. I think I speak for us all when I say he has a special place in everyone's heart, and it feels almost as if a close personal friend has died. :'( Personally, I have watched his show for as long as I can remember. He taught me to respect all animals, but still showed me how wondrous our natural world is. Even though I always feared his close encounters with wildlife would ultimately lead to his demise, I find it tragic that his death was to come as the result of such a horrible accident (apparently the stingray attacked for no reason). I'm sad to see him leave us, but I also am happy that he died doing what he loved most. Rest in peace Steve! You will never leave our hearts!