My family loved watching his show, The Crocodile Hunter. Many times we were concerned over his antics and wondered if one day he might fall to a black mamba or a crocodile, after all.
The fact that he died in such a freakish manner, is all the more disturbing.
I’m sorry for his wife, Terri, an Oregonian, and their two children.
I confess I even modeled a character in one of my novels after him–sort of:)
_ “Crikey!” — his catch phrase, exclaimed repeatedly during his television show whenever something interesting happens.
_ “I get called an adrenaline junkie every other minute, and I’m just fine with that.”
_ “I have no fear of losing my life — if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it.”
_ “I’ve worked with more dangerous snakes than anyone in the world and I’ve never been bitten. It’s a gift.”
_ “I bled a lot. I got hit across the face. We couldn’t film for seven days. I got hit, whacked, underwater, across the face. I finished the shot, got into the boat and blood started coming out.” — on one particularly close shave.
_ “Crikey, mate. You’re far safer dealing with crocodiles and western diamondback rattlesnakes than the executives and the producers and all those sharks in the big MGM building.” — comparing dealing with deadly animals with show business.
_ “Crocodiles. I’ve been catching them since I was nine. No problem.”
_ “Fear helps me from making mistakes, but I make lot of mistakes.”
_ “It is all about perceived danger. In front of that crocodile I was in complete control. Absolute and complete control. That is my profession. I would be considered a bad parent if I didn’t teach my children to be crocodile savvy because they live here, they live in crocodile territory.” — On the 2004 controversy in which he was filmed holding his infant son while feeding a snapping crocodile:
_ “To hear people say that it was a publicity stunt, that I’m just like Michael Jackson, well, it just tears me up. It makes me sick to my stomach to be compared in that way.” — On the same incident.
These quotes were drawn from a variety of sources, including Irwin’s television show, The Sunday Telegraph newspaper, Australian Broadcasting Corp. and Australian Associated Press. (Taken from the International Herald News)