Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin Image via Twitter @TerriIrwin

The Crocodile Hunter: Steve Irwin’s final words before his tragic death

It has been 15 years since Steve Irwin was killed in a freak accident. These were the daredevil Australian zookeeper and wildlife expert’s final words…

Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin Image via Twitter @TerriIrwin

Saturday 4 September marked the 15th anniversary of the death of Steve Irwin aka “The Crocodile Hunter”. Irwin had a deep love for all animals and showed his passion for them on television and while caring for them at Australia Zoo. 

Steve Irwin tragically died in a stingray attack in 2006 but interestingly enough, he wasn’t actually supposed to be in the water… 

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The entertaining crocodile hunter was in Queensland on the day of his death. He was shooting an episode of the show Ocean’s Deadliest, but the shoot was cancelled due to the bad weather. 

Steve Irwin thought it would be a good idea to head off to Batt Reef in Queensland with his director John Stainton and cameraman Justin Lyons to get footage for his daughter’s show Bindi the Jungle Girl. Irwin went out snorkelling to capture the footage.

To everyone’s shock and horror, Irwin was attacked by a 99kg short-tail stingray but cameraman Justin Lyons had not realised something had happened until he saw Steve Irwin lying in a pool of his own blood. 


As he recalled the day, Justin Lyons mentioned that Steve Irwin was having trouble breathing and he knew Irwin was potentially on his last breaths. The short-tail stingray went for Steve Irwin’s chest affecting his heart.

“As we’re motoring back I’m screaming at one of the other crew in the boat to put their hand over the wound and we’re saying to him things like, ‘Think of your kids, Steve, hang on, hang on, hang on.’”

“He just calmly looked up at me and said, ‘I’m dying.’ And that was the last thing he said.”

Justin Lyons had the camera footage destroyed.

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Steve Irwin’s wife Terri and his two children Robert and Bindi Irwin are still continuing his legacy.

The family is still running the Australia Zoo and sharing their love and passion for animals on a television show, Crickey! It’s The Irwins. The show has kept families in Australia entertained since 2018.