I have never seen one of his show, but only a footage where he put out an anaconda from a river. My boss introduced me to him with it, mentionning how the guy was crazy enough to have put his toddler in the mouth of a crocodile.
As I read about his death, I made the connection that it was the same crazy guy. Maybe now, people talk about his commitment to wildlife conservation, but I doubt that it was a clear idea conveyed by some of his shows, according to my first acknowledgement of him. How many will remember him as a crazy guy, a freak? How many as a wildlife conservatist?
I certainly acknowledge that he has a particular talent with dangerous animals, and he found a way to market it, so to speak. But I doubt that showing people how to handle dangerous animals will help wildlife conservation. The humen species are dominating all other animals on the surface of the earth (but certainly not underwater). If they are too much snakes, crocodiles or insects somewhere, humen will take the steps to extermine them or diminish their number. Dangerous animals cannot be trusted, so they cannot live with humen like cats.