September 5, 2006 by

Steve Irwin


Categories: Hollywood, Scientists

sirwin.jpgSteven Robert Irwin, the popular Australian TV personality known as “The Crocodile Hunter,” was killed by a stingray on Sept. 4. He was 44.

Born in a suburb of Melbourne, Steve was the son of naturalists Bob and Lyn Irwin. He was always passionate about the study and care of animals and grew up working at his parents’ wildlife park, the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park in Beerwah, Australia. As a young man, Irwin made a name for himself in the government’s rogue crocodile relocation program by safely capturing and transporting dozens of “problem crocs” without causing the animals any harm.

The passionate conservationist transformed his parents’ wildlife refuge into a major tourist attraction known as the Australia Zoo. In 1991, while giving a crocodile demonstration there, Irwin met his future wife and co-star Terri Raines. Steve and Terri wed six months later and spent their honeymoon on location, shooting the first episode of “The Crocodile Hunter” series. They had two children, daughter Bindi Sue, 8, and son Robert (Bob) Clarence, 2.

“The Crocodile Hunter” premiered in Australia in 1992 and was quickly picked up by the Discovery Network for its Animal Planet channel. Wearing khaki shirts and shorts and an ever-present grin, Irwin would cut through forests, dive into open waters and trek into the Outback in order to share examples of exotic, and often dangerous, animals. His enthusiasm for wildlife was infectious, as was his catchphrase “Crikey!” which he used whenever one of the animals became a bit rambunctious during filming.

Knowledgeable and ebullient, Irwin was known for jumping onto the backs of untethered crocodiles and poking sticks at venomous serpents to make them more visible to the camera. Even as he enthralled the audience with his seemingly reckless behavior, the blond showman always provided pertinent information about the animals and encouraged viewers to avoid such daredevil antics. Over the next 14 years, more than 200 million people in 120 countries tuned in to watch Irwin’s close encounters with potentially deadly creatures.

In addition to “The Crocodile Hunter,” Irwin worked on “Croc Files,” an Emmy Award-nominated educational program for children, “The Crocodile Hunter Diaries,” a behind-the-scenes look at his daily life at the Australia Zoo and “New Breed Vets,” a show about veterinarians who use pioneering life-saving techniques in the animal kingdom. He also starred in the 2002 feature film, “The Crocodile Hunters: Collision Course.”

To support the protection of injured, threatened or endangered wildlife, the Irwins founded Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Worldwide (previously known as the Steve Irwin Conservation Foundation). They also purchased more than 60,000 acres of wildlife-sensitive land so the property would remain undeveloped and in its natural state.

Irwin’s larger-than-life public image was slightly dented in 2004 when a local TV news crew appeared at the zoo and shot video of him feeding a large crocodile while holding his infant son. Irwin took to the airwaves and proclaimed his innocence, saying the boy was never in any danger, and authorities refused to charge him with violating safety regulations or endangering the welfare of a minor. That same year, he was named the “Queensland Australian of the Year.”

Irwin was filming underwater footage in the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of northeastern Queensland, on Monday when he apparently startled a stingray. The marine animal reacted by swinging its tail at Irwin and embedding a poisonous barb into his chest. Crew members aboard the boat, Croc One, pulled Irwin from the water and administered CPR, but to no avail. Irwin’s manager John Stainton said the fatal blow was caught on camera, however Queensland state police are holding onto the tape as evidence for a coroner’s inquiry.

To honor his legacy, the Discovery Network plans to create a “Steve Irwin Memorial Sensory Garden” in front of its Silver Spring, Md., headquarters, and broadcast a full day of Irwin-related programming later this week. The network also plans to start the Steve Irwin Crocodile Hunter Fund, a.k.a. “The Crikey Fund,” to support wildlife protection, education and conservation at the Australia Zoo, and to fund his children’s education.

[Animal Planet will run a 15-hour marathon of programming devoted to Irwin on Sept. 17. “Croc Rules! Remembering Steve Irwin” will feature some of Irwin’s best programs, interviews with celebrities and crew members who knew Irwin and promotions for his Wildlife Warriors conservation fund.]

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73 Responses to Steve Irwin

  1. Deb

    I always enjoyed watching Steve and his fascinating relationships with the animals. He taught my family what it means to respect and love all the animals of the wild.

  2. Joelle

    Very Sad, tragic loss to all around the world.
    We loved you Steve and admired your courage and spunk. You will be greatly missed.
    My heart goes out to his wife and two kids. God bless you.
    Joelle, Ontario Canada

  3. the Stratton family

    Steve was my idol, I thot so much of him and his family, I have pictures of all of the family.
    God Bless you Terri, and Bless your beautiful children. Steve is really going to be missed.

  4. Alexis Michels

    “… and the angels cried, and so did I..”
    You made the world a better place, just by being
    in it…what a tragic loss for us, your fans, and your lovely family…
    Im so sad and will continue to miss you…
    Rest in Peace, good and faithful servant..
    A Fan
    Alexis Michels
    NCarolina, USA

  5. Jim

    I thought that I was strange…feeling the way that I do. I’ve been talking back to my boss…not caring what happens to me. I don’t really care what happens to me anymore…It feels like life is over as I knew it. I feel that I have lost my best friend and I can’t go on anymore.

  6. Marcus L. Mays

    Someone who loved life and all of lifes creatures will truelly be missed. Being an animal lover myself, I can understand his fearless commitment to the creatures of God and hope his legacy will be continued through his family and friends. Steve you will be missed and remembered as The Crocodile Hunter/Lover. Thank you for all the memories that you’ved lift us. Good By and God Bless You.

  7. lidia

    Steve made the ultimate sacrifice for us. His death was no accident, it was a message sent via the Stingray to us. Le’ts pay attention.
    We are all too complacent about our environment and extinction due to habitat loss. It

  8. Melissa Ruschin

    I was extremely shocked and saddened to hear of your passing. I felt as I had known you personally, as if a good friend had been lost to me. Like many others I was in disbelief, feeling that here was someone who couldn’t possibly have died, you appeared larger than life, indestructible.
    Outrageous, extroverted, entertaining, fearless, dedicated & passionate, you inspired people with your enthusiasm and committment to your cause. The knowledge you imparted to people while entertaining them, enabled you to get the message about conservation across to such a huge audience. The difference you have made and will continue to make is invaluable.
    For me, caring so much about animals and the state of the planet myself, it was uplifting to see someone who had such a fantastic attitude, pushing people to realise that they too could make a difference. You taught people to love and appreciate animals that often were looked over for not being cute and cuddly,
    A wonderful ambassador to our country, you were a fanstastic asset for conservation and tourism in Australia alike.
    My sincere condolences to Steve’s family – Terri, Bindi, baby Bob & Steve’s dad Bob. I cannot imagine the hole left in your lives without Steve. I would love to see you all carry on with the work you and Steve were involved in and still look forward to visiting your zoo.
    Steve thank you for being who you were and showing it to the world.
    Melbourne, Australia

  9. Samantha Thorburn

    I first saw Steve Irwin on television years ago as a very young girl. I loved watching his adventures, I loved his passion for wildlife and conservation. And I adored his quirkly sense of humour and Aussie lingo. He was one of my biggest influences and I can say one of the reasons why I went ahead and studied nature conservation.I had lived and worked in the bush for many years as a conservationist and it is always an absolute tragedy when “one of us” is lost. It is an honour to say that he brought conservation and the importance of our natural heritages and wildife to the fore. I will truly miss him. BAYETE NKOSI, HAMBANATHI uMKULULE WETHO. NKOSI LINDILE.
    KwaZulu Natal
    South Africa

  10. Steve Kida

    I didn’t know Steve Irwin that well, and only watched a few of his shows, but I feel a deep love and admiration for him and everything he stood for, and an emptiness knowing I’ll never see anything new from him. I hope Terri and her children do something in the media to fill the void. It just doesn’t make sense and never will to me of his untimely death. Another magnate(magnet) on the other side that is pulling us to the other side to be with them. Love ya mate!!!

  11. robert VRDTS sabanal

    steve irwin is the best and it’s a great lost without him in the animal land. he’s the best i’ve ever known in the animal planet
    RS.. Phils. VRDTS

  12. David james

    The untimely passing of Steve Irwin is a great tragedy. This has effected my family more than I could have imagined; he has been a great influence on myself and my two boys. The world will never be the same. In the past, I have dealt with this type of emotional pain through music. Being a song writer and composer, I have written musical compositions and songs to honour friends, family, and fallen heroes to ease the pain and commemorate the contributions they’ve made in life. Steve falls under the obvious catagory of “HERO.” Please accept and share with the world this musical tribute in honour of the great “CROCODILE HUNTER” Steve Irwin.. WE LOVE YOU STEVE!!!!
    David James
    P.S. – You can visit me at:
    and download the musical tribute “THE MIGHTY STEVE”

  13. Abira Banerjee

    I must admit when I first saw The Croc Hunter on Discovery Channel , I thought he is crazy! After seeing some of the episodes the movie and the talkshow I started to love seeing Steve in fearless action.I think Steve is the best. It is inspiring how passionate he is about his career.Steve is very brave .I love your show and i was just wondering how does he do so.Being an animal lover myself my cute doggy (JIMMY), I can understand his fearless commitment towards the creatures of God.He taught me what it means to love all the animals of the wild and the tame also.Steve you are my hero.
    Abira Banerjee , West Bengal India

  14. Allie

    I first saw Steve Irwin on Animal Planet on the first few episodes of Crocodile Hunter. I was very shocked when I found out. It was not a great area to find out, too, because it was in front of a lot of people on a small memorial bill board in a Wax Musuem. I cried and I was so shocked because it’s like…I was dreaming…I felt as if I lost a best friend or sibling. I if…life can’t go on with out him. He will be greatly missed…and I feel very sorry for Teri, Bendi, and Robert. I…I would be in a very scary situation if I had to tell my children that their father..was..I can’t go on….

  15. james mc evoy

    steve irwin was a legend of our times a down to earth man who never got above himself with his fame he will be greatly missed
    james mc evoy

  16. Tim & Tamara & Family

    We were so sadden to hear of this tragic death. WE will miss and NOT forget the joy he brought into our living room as we watched him and Terri.
    On the day of his death, I tried all day to find a place to write to Terri and her family, as I was so burdened for them. I still hurt for their loss and pray she will find comfort in the Lord. Jesus loves you and your children and family. He will be a strength and rock for you in the many days, months to come.
    We will continue to keep you in our prayers.
    We loved Steve and will miss Him. Thank you for sharing him with the world.
    God Bless,
    Tamara & Tim

  17. Tony Settles

    Steve Irwin will be missed by all conservationists who want to preserve wildlife. After the memorials and accolades are over, we need to carry on his legacy in our own small ways. If every Steve Irwin fan would make a small donation to a wildlife organization, it would make a big difference. Wildlife habitat is disappearing worldwide except in Australia where Steve bought large tracts of land. People also need to have a heightened awareness about wildlife; and not only the cute and cuddly ones like the panda. That is Steve’s legacy; he showed us that ALL wildlife is important, even those animals that are feared like snakes.

  18. shannon

    my name is shannon and im 11 years old.i wish you didnt have to go. you were my idol. i looked up to you. well, at least you died doing something you loved. you will be missed by tons of people. i wish you didnt leave us steve. you were the greatest crocodile hunter. i miss you so much.
    love: shannon

  19. Anjana Mungra

    For Steve’s love ones …
    There are no world here… I can feel what is your heart says because i have lost similar type of person in my family who we can never forget.
    The hole in your life god has made will no one can fill, but hope the memory has steave gave you will let you survive in your life. who to complain… where to go to get him back… its hard to take that…….
    To his wife,
    give your kids his dream and carry it with the proud. his memory is now main source of his physical evidence in your life, make sure it always with baby bob who is too young to remember him.

  20. michelle

    terry & family
    as i am writing this i am remembering all Steve & how amazing he was and still is. I loved watching him on tv, i would watch all his shows, he was my hero!! I even got to see him in person it was a great experience in my life, something that i will never forget. Don’t worry Steve will always be remembered and Bindi will follow in his footsteps. I cried when i first found out but then thought, Steve would’t want us just to cry about him but to celebrate his life and carry it on. Now i don’t cry but smile and laugh when i think of him..i hope you will be able to in the near future..
    best wishes


    We were deeply saddened my the untimely death of of Steve. My husband was on the internet when the news came across the wire and woke everyone in the house to tell them and we all cried. We were such big fans of the Crocidile Hunter series. We always were right there to see what adventures he was going ot have this time. To Terri,Bindi, and Bob no words can express the sorrow you feel. But in time your grief will be less. I hope to see you all carry on Steves legacy. I prayers and thoughts are with you. The Hall family Suffolk, Virginia USA

  22. Mike Galassini

    The first time I watched Steve Irwin on Animal planet,I thought he was crazy while watching him handle every endangered species from poisonous snakes to otheer wild animals.Later on I watched more and thought he really does know what he is doing. RIP Steve and god bless you. Also my symathies to Terri and her family.



  24. Judy

    ON that day Steven Irwin died , we picked up our new kitten , we name our Kitten “Irwin” that honor him . It was not planning it happened on that day , in upstair the wild animals are waiting for him to meet them .. Now look up at the sky the cloudy foam sometime it u can see the shape of animals on the cloudy foam , u know what ? Steven Irwin busy with wild animals right now his legend never stopped . We pray for the family and ask God give them strength and helping them kept working on wild animals that God s creature .

  25. Gabby

    My 8 year saw the show recently after his death and told me he is on the tv alive. My thought was what could I say she knew he died. I informed her as long as you see the shows he will live on forever. I personnally will miss him. We were barely getting into the show. He leaves a legacy that all can enjoy.

  26. a forever fan


  27. taylor

    Steave irwin was my idol I’ve been watching his show since I first came home from the hospital right now i’m 10 and have always dreamed of meeting him,living in Austrailya,and going to Austrailya zoo.I also hope Bindi achives her dream of following his footsteps.

  28. Danny Nguyen

    As an overseas Year 11 student in Melbourne-Australia, I was extremely shocked when I heard that Steve has gone and left all of us behind. I first saw him when I was on the plane flying to Melbourne last year. From that time on, I did really like him and admire him. He was, still is and will be my hero, my idol forever. I love you Steve, a fair dinkum Aussie. All of us will pray for you every day, every hour, every minute and even every second. God bless you…Farewell Crocodile Hunter…

  29. samantha comstok

    in loving memorys of steve irwin i will miss you a lot u r a nice guy i love your little girl bindi and also your little boy bob and your wife terri irwin she is so pretty i love all of your shows so keep them airing tell bindi and bob that i said hi ok love all of u rip steve irwin

  30. An Arkansas Fan

    Well, we have lost yet another great man, he will truly be missed and everyone should watch over Terri and the kids in their time of need. He was a wonderful man, the kind of person that you wanted to watch on t.v. He wasn’t boring like the other shows, he made you feel like you were jumping on the croc’s with him.
    You are truly missed Steve.
    Arkansas Fan

  31. kenneth taborn

    he was my idle i will never forget you steve irwin i will still repeat your favorite words (CROCKIE MATE ITS A BIG ONE) i loved the crochidile hunter and crok files R.I.P

  32. Mekala

    steve irwin was my idole and will be for eva. i have been waching him sinice i was 1 ang now i am 12 i have never meet hem but i will always miss him.

  33. alana

    i loved him he was the crikey men haha we all did he is very smaart and so was his kids and his wife they will miss him every day please if you need help we will help ?????.

  34. LIAM


  35. heather

    ill greatly miss steve and what hes done for animals. his love for animals was amazing. and many kids in the future will watch what hes done and appercate his love for animals like we did when he was alive.he has impacted so many peoples lives and will continue to do so,as his legecy lives on forever. well miss u steve.

  36. Simeko Revador

    Danger! Danger! You stared it right in the eye
    So enthusiastically; yet warning viewers to avoid such a try
    Quiet a daredevil you were, no task was to deep, nor to far
    I’m sure you’ll find your way to heaven’s animal kingdom
    There all should be very calm
    Peace be still, you won’t have to use a strong arm
    God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the water swarm (Gen. 1v21)
    Onland, underwater; you never caused the animals any harm
    The study of animals and their care
    This was your domain, your legacy, yes you were there
    Some of the animals would become a little ticky
    But this didn’t stop you, you’d say this one is a little ‘Crikey’
    I’m sadden today; for there was a stingray
    Who embedded a poisonous barb into your chest and took your life away
    Even though you are gone, your memory and what you have instilled in this industry, will live on ‘FOREVER’
    God bless you
    Simeko Revador
    Author/Poet: God Is Just A Prayer Away

  37. SarahStenach,14,AK

    I will remember Steve Irwin as a person who loved to help the wild life.He will always be remembered for what he did. Good Job Mate!

  38. Harry Field Jr

    I will miss you Crodile Hunter!
    I will miss you very much. Your show is my favorite show in the world. I want to grow up just like you and save animals because I love when animals are saved especially crocs. See you Mate,
    Harry Field, Age 10

  39. Emily

    Steve I love you so much. You are the best conservationist the world has ever seen. You were so compassionate for all living creatures. I’ll miss you. Rest in Peace.

  40. Moriah

    Steve Irwin was my hero and he will always be my hero. When I grow up I would love to be like him. He was the voice of the animals.
    We will miss him a lot.

  41. Blaise Andrews

    Steve, I Grew Up A Lil Girl Watching Your Shows ALl The Time, I NEVER Missed A Show. The Way You Connected With Those Animals Was TRUELY Wonderful. The Things U Taught People, In Life Or Off Of Your Shows Was AMAZING, You Were A Wonderful Man. God Bless You Steve, You Will Always Be Remembered

  42. tyler

    when i look back and remember watching your shows i usto pretend i was with you on all those wonderful adventurs.When i wold come home all in mud i would tell my mom i was with the crocidile hunter.
    even though he is gone he will never be forgoten and his stories will be pasted on for many generations from mother to daughter and from father to son

  43. Linda Craps

    It was a very unfortunatae accident for Steve. He was an absolutely remarkable human being.He is going to be truley missed. I wish we had alot more men in this world with his love and compassion for his family as well as the wildlife. He and Terri are raising their children right and I applaude Steve’s beautiful family for their zest to move on and carry the Irwin name proudly. Terri and her children are very unique. I pray that they will be safe and with God helping every step of the way.

  44. levesque family

    No No No No No !!!! You Not Aloud To Have Died You Are To Important To This World! But I Know That You Were A Hero Because All Super Heroes Die Saving The World And Thats What You Did Saved The World And Died Doing It And This Is Why The World And I Will Miss You So Much!!! We Will Miss Your Enthusiasm And Passion For Animal.. You Were My Hero Steve I Still Cry Just Thinking About You And What A Great Loss We Have Encontered. We Will Take A Long Time To Ajust To A Crikey Less World. Steve We Will Always Miss You:'( And To Terri,bindi Sue,bob(Robert) Your Dad Was A Hero And The Whole World Loved Him And I Just What You To Know That We All Loved Him And Miss Him. And We Are All Grieving For Him But Hes In A Better Place Even Though The Crocodiles Are Crying Because They Have Lost There Best Friend There Only Friend And The Crocodiles Up There In Heven Are Smiling.and Any Of Steve’s Fan’s Would Know The One And Only Thing He Would Of Wanted Would Be For Us To Finish What He Started And Not Venge Him And Get Revenge On The Sting Rays Because He Loved Evry Animal Great And Small And His Message Was Save The Animals Because When Peapole Love Something They What To Save. So To Rap This Up We Will Always Miss You You Might Have Left The Face Of The Planet But Never Our Herts Because Legends, Heroes… Never Die I Am Crying Writing This Anyway Love You Steve For Ever Your Number 1 Fan Seb.

  45. chris

    Dear Steve Irwin and family,
    i will miss u very much and i will watch ure movies, all of them soo sorry I WILL MISS U,I LOVE U CROCODILE HUNTER!
    i will never forget u i did a speech on u the other day/week, so bi and family sorry i love u guys keep up the good work and dont do what ure husband did, go and hunt different animals not stingrays
    Love: Chris DiN

  46. ROB

    STEAVE I LOVE U SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. Ajit Govind Anturkar

    “STEAVE IRWIN” is and will always remain a great name for me.I loved watching steave crocidle show after seeing him playing with the crock’s i started feeling that there is no fear in the world.I AM AN INDIAN AND HAS RESPECT FOR THE FEARLESS AND ANIMAL LOVING MAN..STEAVE IRWIN AAP KO SALAM…YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION FOR ME FOR REST OF MY LIFE.

  48. Laurissa

    steve Irwin was a great,brave, and daring man. He will always be on my mind and in my heart. Ilove his crocidiles. My favorite 3 are Bendy, Charlie and Angel CROKEY! rip

  49. chloe

    hi stive was and is a great manand i have stared writting a book on him and i have his book and for the family the should keep there hopes up because it can movr montons

  50. Carrie-Anne Jamie S.

    Steve était un homme extraordinaire, brave et plein de vie. Il était très important pour la planète, pour les animaux. Il est mort dans la vie de la nature auquel il adorait. Il était une personne tellement contente! Il voulait être rappelé comme une personne régulière, mais il était tellement plus que ça. Il a fait tellement de choses impressionantes. On va toujours se rappeler de lui, de sa passion pour la vie sauvage, sa famille et ses amis.

  51. Dylan Brown

    Steve was a great man and did so much to educate us about animals. He is truly an amazing man. Every September 4 I will pray for you and your family. You have made a great impact on my life. P.S. Crikey!!!
    Rest In Peace

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