Australian adventurer, conservationists, and beloved wildlife show host Steve Irwin died eight years ago due to a freak accident. In an interview, the Aussie’s cameraman and friend revealed the icon’s last moments.
On a Australian TV, the cameraman who filmed his death, described his friend’s final moments.
Justin Lyons, Steve Irwin’s cameraman, said, “We thought he was going to live forever. [Steve] just sort of calmly looked up at me and said, ‘I’m dying,’ and that was the last thing he said.”
Steve Irwin was the third person in Australia to be killed by a stingray. He was 44.
Here are the reasons this TV personality is so loved by many people.
He was bitten by a snake on live TV and acted like it’s nothing . . .
. . . and didn’t even flinch.
He convinced Jay Leno to hold a python.
He fell off a tree on his show.
The time Graham almost had him for lunch.
The time he brought baby snakes on The Late Show with Conan O’Brien.
He even tickled a wombat.
Like all of us, he also got freaked out by spiders.
He’s so friendly that he hung out with an inland taipan.
The time Steve and his mate Russell brought snakes on The Today Show, where one peed on Jay.
He let a bearded dragon bite his nose.
He got attacked by a sassowary.
The time he brought his baby son, Bob, to help him feed a crocodile at Australia Zoo.
He chased and caught an emu!
He played with the most venomous snake in the world!
After he’s gone, people recall the greatness of this legend through many ways.
The day Marine Conservation Society Sea Shepherd named their Flagship MY Steve Irwin.
The ship was originally named the MV Robert Hunter, in tribute to the co-founder of Greenpeace. The ship was renamed in 2007 after Steve Irwin’s death.
Producer John Stainton made a poignant eulogy in Irwin’s funeral.
John Williamson sang “True Blue” at Steve Irwin’s memorial service.
Stephen Robert Irwin: February 22 1962–September 4, 2006. Gone . . . but never forgotten.