16Steve Irwin

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Here was a guy that had it coming, many people said. (Probably.) And they wouldn’t be entirely off-base, we suppose. But Steve Irwin was far more than a crazy Australian guy with a death wish. Although, he certainly was that. The Crocodile Hunter himself, Irwin

gained notoriety for his upbeat persona on his educational television show, and his borderline-insane behavior when it came to approaching dangerous animals. And yet, we loved him. He was extremely popular with children and adults alike, fostering a deep love for animals and making “Hey, wanna watch Animal Planet?” a real possibility. His love of danger and wildlife was eventually his downfall, though. In 2006, while filming an ocean special, Irwin was killed by a stingray that pierced his heart.

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