The heartbreaking letter Steve Irwin wrote to his parents before his death

By Samantha Luiz
02 September 2016

He only discovered the letter this year, after it fell out of a book.

It's hard to believe that it's been ten years since Steve Irwin died after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb.

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To mark the 10th anniversary of his tragic death, the Crocodile Hunter's dad Bob has released a heartbreaking letter his son wrote 12 years before his passing.

“Dear Dad & Mum," begins the tear-jerking letter, which is featured in Bob's new book The Last Crocodile Hunter: A Father and Son Legacy, which is set to be released in November.

"Probably one of the most unfortunate things in a ‘Bloke’s Life’ is that it takes over 30 years to realise how essential you have been to build my character, my ethics and, most importantly, my HAPPINESS.

“At 32, I am finally starting to figure it out. In good times and in bad, you were there. Your strength and endurance to raise me will not go unrewarded. My love for you is my strength!

“For the rest of my life I will reflect on the unbelievably GREAT times we’ve shared and will continue to share. You’re my best friends!

"Thank you, Steve."

He only discovered the remarkable letter this year, in an unopened envelope.

“Please be happy to know that your strength and wisdom have been passed on,” read the words written on the envelope.

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“Working on this book, I have been constantly reminded of Steve’s boundless energy, infectious humour and unrestrained passion for wildlife in our far too short a time together," Bob told NT News.

"But he is still here, still with me and I am able to gain strength from him.

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“What he stood for and what he was able to achieve means just as much now as when he was here in the physical world."

He also said how proud he is that there are many people who have been inspired by his son.

"I am really, really proud of that. I hope that sharing these stories can be a pertinent reminder of the enormity of his legacy, a legacy that has not only taught us the importance of reconnecting with our environment but to be passionate in doing so.”


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