Stephen Robert Irwin, born 22 February 1962, nicknamed “The Crocodile Hunter”, was an Australian zookeeper, conservationist, television personality, wildlife expert, and environmentalist. Irwin grew up around crocodiles and other reptiles and was educated about them by his father, Bob. He achieved worldwide fame from the television series “Crocodile Hunter” (1996–2007), an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series he hosted with his wife Teri. The pair also hosted the series “Croc Files” (1999–2001), “Crocodile Hunter Diaries” (2002–2006), and “New Breed Vets” (2005). They also co-owned and operated the Australia Zoo, founded by Irwin’s parents in Beerwah, about 80 kilometers (50 mi) north of the Queensland state capital, Brisbane. They had two children, Bindi and Robert.
1. The location of the videotape showing Steve Irwin’s tragic death remains a mystery 16 years after a stingray killed the beloved Australian conservationist. As a reminder, Irwin was stung by a stingray on September 4, 2006, on Bath Reef near Port Douglas while filming a new television show.
2. Film crews worked desperately to try to save him before taking him to shore, where paramedics performed CPR. Irwin died before reaching the hospital. The entire incident was caught on camera, and the footage has been handed over to the authorities to help with the investigation. The anniversary of Irwin’s death was a few days ago, but the footage has still not been released to the public, largely at the behest of his close friends and family.
3. “The footage will never see the light of day. Never. I watched the video, but I don’t want to see it again.” – Said Irwin’s best friend and director John Stainton on Larry King in 2006.