It is a sad day for everyone who loves animals. I knew my son would be upset, as he named his Bearded Dragon "Irwin" after his hero, Steve.
The thing I didn't expect was returning to work and co-workers my age (middle, since you asked) are tearing up and mourning, remembering him and feeling for his family.
It was truly like he was known to all of us, and we've all lost a friend and a hero...
The Animal Planet ran some documentaries Monday nite and we stayed up a little too late to watch them. What an incredible good soul and big heart.
(how ironic - and yet appropriate - that a gentle creature killed him, when all the fierce and violent critters did not. And that the ray, by reflex, pierced that big tender heart - maybe the only vulnerable part of this fearless man)
As my momma always said, "only the good die young."
Our prayers in this house are with his Dad, wife, kids and friends, and all of us who loved and admired Steve Irwin.