Aussies re­mem­ber Steve Ir­win 10 years af­ter his death

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

Aus­tralians paid trib­ute to the mem­ory of “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Ir­win over the week­end on the 10th an­niver­sary of the death of the iconic tele­vi­sion celebrity and con­ser­va­tion­ist.

Ir­win, world-fa­mous for his dar­ing stunts with dan­ger­ous an­i­mals, died on Septem­ber 4, 2006, af­ter be­ing stabbed in the heart by a gi­ant stingray while film­ing on the Great Bar­rier Reef in Queens­land.

As the na­tion marked Fa­ther’s Day on Sun­day, his daugh­ter, Bindi Ir­win, who was eight years old when her fa­ther died, wrote a trib­ute on In­sta­gram and Twit­ter along­side an im­age of her beam­ing fa­ther car­ry­ing her as a baby: “You’ll be my hero for my en­tire ex­is­tence. I love you more than words can de­scribe.”

The 18-year-old, a media star, pro­motes her fa­ther’s con­ser­va­tion causes.

Ir­win’s close friend and man­ager John Stain­ton, who was with Ir­win when he died, said it was still “hard to talk about” what hap­pened.

“It was never a put-on. He was larger than life in life,” Stain­ton added, speak­ing to ABC ra­dio on Fri­day.

“He burnt a hole in the fab­ric of our lives as he jumped through the tele­vi­sion and grabbed you by the scruff of the neck. He had that mag­netism and there was noth­ing like him be­fore.”

Ir­win’s son, Robert, told the Bris­bane Times news web­site he was work­ing to­ward be­ing a wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher to “carry on in his [fa­ther’s] foot­steps”.

Ear­lier this week, Ir­win’s fa­ther Bob re­leased a let­ter his son wrote to his par­ents when he was 32 to thank them for their sup­port, but which he only found this year.

“Prob­a­bly one of the most un­for­tu­nate things in a bloke’s life is that it takes over 30 years to re­alise how es­sen­tial you have been to build my char­ac­ter, my ethics and, most im­por­tantly, my HAP­PI­NESS,” Ir­win wrote.

Other Aus­tralians took to so­cial media web­sites to re­call where they were when they heard the news of Ir­win’s sud­den death, while shar­ing their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for his con­ser­va­tion ef­forts.

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