Beloved Crocodile Hunter died this day in 2006, exactly two days after my father died. And although my father’s passing meant so much to me, I remember feeling for the loss of Steve, as well. He was a joy to watch and educational and his upbeat presence is sorely missed.
Stephen Robert “Steve” Irwin (22 February 1962 – 4 September 2006), nicknamed “The Crocodile Hunter“, was an Australian wildlife expert,television personality, and conservationist. Irwin achieved worldwide fame from the television series The Crocodile Hunter, an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series which he co-hosted with his wife Terri. Together, the couple also owned and operated Australia Zoo, founded by Irwin’s parents in Beerwah, about 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of the Queensland state capital city of Brisbane. Irwin died on 4 September 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming an underwater documentary film titled Ocean’s Deadliest. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship MY Steve Irwin was named in his honour.