I can't say I ever really enjoyed his shows, thought they were TOO over the top, but I realise it was all just entertainment, just not my cup of tea...........but that said this was an extreme WTF when I heard it.
Let me tell you exactly how I heard it.
I'm standing in the middle of the bush, recording some artefacts and this conversation bursts across the two way radio.
"Did ya here that Steve Irwin is dead"
"Bloody hell, really?"
"Yeah a stingray got him, ripped his chest open"
"Holy crap, wouldn't have thought he'd go that bloody way, expected a croc or a bloody snake hey?"
"Yeah, and only 34 mate" (note he was actually 44)
"Yeah, well, when ya numbers up, it's up hey"
That conversation is so Aussie, I love this country.
Vale Big Steve