This is weird. I have a really strong affection for this guy, who was crazy, but crazy in a way I could understand.
If DH hadn't got his current job two months earlier than he did he could have been working with Steve Irwin on crocs. Steve was born on the same date as my daughter and I found out he died on my son's birthday. Yesterday I wore my Quick Silver T-shirt that I bought in Port Douglas Australia (near where he died). I visited his Zoo in Queensland and was very impressed by his dedication to animals and his local community.
So I felt like I almost knew him, though he never knew me.
He always said if he died it would be a shame if they didn't catch it on tape--not something I'd wish to see (a bit like that footage/photos of Diana's death), but I hope he got his wish.
My thoughts are with his wife and children.
The world just lost one of nature's strongest proponents.