Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Funeral offer for Steve Irwin turned down.

Steve Irwin is regarded by many Australians as a national treasure and Australian Prime Minister John Howard and other leaders have said Steve can have a state funeral if that is what his family members wish for.

Steve's family was keeping a low profile while absorbing the shock of his death on Monday minutes after the barb from a stingray's tail pierced his chest while he snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef.

His father Bob has said in a news conference that the family was not interested in offers of a state funeral and no plans are made yet for the funeral.

"The state funeral would be refused because he's just an ordinary bloke," he said of Steve.

Inspite of Steve's world-renown celebrity status, the statement from his grieving family speaks volumes about the humility of this larger than life personality.

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