21 Reasons Why Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin Will Never Be Forgotten

The Aussie icon’s cameraman has revealed Steve’s last moments.

Australian adventurer Steve Irwin died in a freak accident eight years ago.

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The cameraman who filmed his death appeared on Australian TV to describe his friend’s final moments.

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Steve Irwin’s cameraman Justin Lyons: “We Thought He Was Going to Live Forever.”

“[Steve] just sort of calmly looked up at me and said, ‘I’m dying’, and that was the last thing he said.”

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Irwin, 44, was only the third person ever killed by a stingray in Australia. He will never be forgotten.

Here’s why…

1. The time he hung out with an Inland Taipan.

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3. The time his baby son Bob helped him feed a crocodile at Australia Zoo.

4. The time Graham almost had him for lunch.

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5. The time he was bitten by a snake. On TV.

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6. And didn’t even flinch.

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7. The time he was bitten on the nose by a bearded dragon.

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8. The time he tickled a wombat.

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9. The time a cassowary attacked him.

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10. The time he chased AND CAUGHT an emu!

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11. The time he got freaked out by a spider.

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12. The time he fell over a fence.

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13. The time he fell out of a boat. Twice.

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14. The time he fell out of a tree.

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15. The time he cried over the death of a crocodile.

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16. The time he brought a python on Jay Leno.

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17. The time Steve and his mate Russell brought snakes on The Today Show and one peed on Jay.

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18. And the time he brought baby snakes on The Late Show with Conan O’Brien.

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19. The poignant eulogy delivered by producer John Stainton in the aftermath of his death.

20. The unforgettable moment when John Williamson sang True Blue at Steve Irwin’s Memorial Service.

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21. And the day marine conservation society Sea Shepherd named their flagship MY Steve Irwin.


Originally christened the MV Robert Hunter after the co-founder of Greenpeace, the boat was renamed in 2007 after Steve Irwin’s death.

Stephen Robert Irwin: February 22 1962 – September 4 2006. Gone, but never forgotten.

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Watch the interview with Justin Lyons, the cameraman who was with Steve Irwin when he died.

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Simon Crerar is founding editor of BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.
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