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Try Not To Cry: Steve Irwin's Fam Posted Messages On The Anniversary Of His Death

It's been 10 years.

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Sunday marked the 10-year anniversary of crocodile hunter Steve Irwin's death at the age of 44.

He was shooting a documentary when a stingray barb pierced his heart.
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He was shooting a documentary when a stingray barb pierced his heart.

To honor her father, 18-year-old Bindi posted this beautiful throwback photo of the two on Instagram:

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Try not to cry but the caption reads, "You'll be my hero for my entire existence. I love you more than words can describe."

And for Father's Day in Australia, which was also on Sunday, Terri posted this photo of Steve with Bindi and their son Bob to Twitter:

Happy Father's Day Australia. Hug your dad.

"Happy Father's Day Australia. Hug your dad."

If that wasn't enough to make you tear up, Steve's parents, Bob and Lyn, recently released this letter that Steve wrote to them when he was 32:

The letter will be included in an upcoming memoir by Bob.
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The letter will be included in an upcoming memoir by Bob.

Here's the letter in full:

Dear Dad and Mum,

Probably one of the most unfortunate things in a "Bloke's Life" is that it takes over 30 years to realize 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; you're [sic] 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

R.I.P., Steve.

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