Steve Irwin's Daughter Bindi Says Her Dad's Passing Still Hurts: "It's Like Losing A Part Of Yourself"

Date January 8, 2019 11:56

Bindi Irwin is opening up about the real-life challenges of walking in her famous father's footsteps 12 years after his death. She says living without him still hurts.


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Death by stingray

Steve Irwin was one of the most famous conservationists and zookeepers in the world. He became known as 'the Crocodile Hunter' for starring in a wildlife documentary series of the same name.


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The Crocodile Hunter aired from 1996-2007, ending just a year after his shocking demise in a 2006 freak accident. Irwin was attacked by a ferocious stingray while filming footage for his daughter's television program in the shallow waters of the Bart Reef in Queensland, Australia.

Life without dad

In his lifetime, he had been severely criticized for being a cheap reality star, especially by animal rights groups. Nevertheless, shocked reactions trailed his death. His daughter Bindi, who was only 8 when he died, was distraught.


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As the world paid tribute, people would approach her to say time heals all wounds. More than a decade later, the pain of losing her dad has not lessened!


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She told People magazine:

I remember people coming up to me and saying, ‘I’m sorry for your loss, sweetheart. Time heals all wounds.’ But that’s just not true. It’s like losing a part of your heart, and when you’ve lost that, you never get it back.

Making him proud

Now 20, she runs the show with her mom, Terri, and brother, Robert, and she still misses her father. But she's very committed to keeping his legacy of conservation alive.


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They sure have some big shoes to fill, but Bindi just wants to make her father proud.

I sure hope dad would be proud. We really do try every day to make him proud and follow in his footsteps. I hope that somewhere he’s out there going, ‘Yes! You did good!

So far, the beloved Australian family has expanded the zoo, continue to travel the world, and are still bringing love for animals and conversation into millions of homes around the world with their TV shows.

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