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Cameraman Says 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin Was Stabbed Hundreds Of Times By Stingray

March 11th, 2014 11:00am EDT
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The cameraman who was with "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin when he died in 2006 has opened up about the horrific incident for the first time.

Irwin, 44, died in the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland, Australia, after he was speared in the chest by a stingray.

Camera operator Justin Lyons has confessed that he was so busy filming that he didn't realize the severity of the attack right away.

Lyons told Australia's Channel Ten the pair encountered an eight foot-wide stingray that apparently thought Irwin's shadow was a tiger shark.

Lyons explained, "I had the camera on, I thoug...

Slash Launches Wildlife Charity Down Under

August 22nd, 2012 12:42pm EDT
Rocker Slash teamed up with Steve Irwin's father to launch a wildlife foundation in Australia on Wednesday.

The former Guns N' Roses star helped Irwin's father Bob officially unveil the Bob Irwin Wildlife Conservation Foundation at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia.

Slash is a long-time animal lover and once famously owned a large collection of snakes and other reptiles, but let them go after becoming a father.

He first met Bob Irwin at the Soundwave music festival in Australia in 2010 and they bonded over their shared passion for wildlife - so the star decided to h...

Steve Irwin's Son Watches Video Of Him Every Day

January 21st, 2011 8:53am EST
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Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's widow broke down in tears during a recent taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show in Sydney, Australia as her young son revealed he watches videos of his late father every day.

Little Robert, who is the spitting image of his conservationist father, told Oprah and her audience that watching the footage makes him feel that his dad "is actually there".

The six year old added, "He was the best dad." Terri Irwin was touched by her son's words and started to cry.

She regained her composure to pay tribute to her late husband, who died after he was pierced in the chest...

Russell Crowe Fights To Keep Miners Away From Irwin's Reserve

April 20th, 2009 9:27am EDT
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe has turned gladiator again in a bid to stop Australian officials from strip mining in late pal Steve Irwin's wildlife reserve in Queensland.

Over 130,000 hectares of wilderness was handed over to conservationists by politicians after Crocodile Hunter Irwin's death in 2006 as a tribute. But the new Aussie government now plans to allow a local aluminum company to mine a portion of the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve - and Crowe is doing everything he can to make officials think again.

He says, "That site actually operates as a water filter and there are some species of ...

Terri Irwin Vows To Fight Mining Plans

May 14th, 2008 5:33pm EDT
Terri Irwin
Late Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin's widow Terri has vowed to fight to stop a mining company from drilling for bauxite in a wildlife area dedicated to her husband.

The conservationist has learned the mining firm has plans to excavate a large area of the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve on Australia's Cape York Peninsula.

The 333,000-acre site was purchased in 2006 by the Australian Government as a tribute to her husband, who died after an attack by a stingray at the Great Barrier Reef the same year.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Steve Irwin Saved His Dad From Suicide

April 18th, 2008 7:30pm EDT
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Late Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin saved his father Bob from committing suicide after his wife of 40 years died in a car crash. Following the death of Lyn in 2000, Bob, 68, admits he considered taking his own life - until his son Steve talked him out of it.

He tells the National Enquirer, "I couldn't see a future without Lyn. Steve said, 'I know what you're going to do,' before adding, 'Well, if you're going to do it, then I'm coming.' I just couldn't let him do it, and he knew it."

Steve Irwin died in September 2006 after he was fatally pierced in the chest by a stingray whi...

Terri Irwin Denies Selling Zoo

March 18th, 2008 3:51pm EDT
Terri Irwin
Late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's widow Terri denies reports she plans to sell his Australian zoo and return to her native U.S. Terri says media reports claiming she plans to sell the zoo he founded on Queensland's Sunshine Coast to US-based investors are untrue.

She says, "I'll never leave. I love Australia and I'm doing my best to be a fair dinkum Aussie Sheila and honor all of Steve's work and yeah, I'll be here the rest of my life. There have been so many rumors about so many things and I have no idea where they all come from but I can assure everyone that the conservation work ...

Crocodile Hunter's Widow Wants Britney Spears To Consider Trip To Australia

January 18th, 2008 8:54am EST
Terri & Bindi Irwin
Late Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin's widow has offered Britney Spears the chance to escape Hollywood for the real wild life. Terri Irwin wants the embattled pop star to consider turning her back on Los Angeles and joining her and daughter Bindi on the other side of the world - far away from the paparazzi and her troubles.

Irwin admits she and her family have been watching the madness surrounding Spears in recent months, and she believes the singer should head to Australia for a break with nature.

She says, "Bindi's the one who said, 'People who are having trouble should go i...

Steve Irwin Contacts Family In Seance

January 11th, 2008 9:30am EST
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Late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin has reached out to his family through celebrity psychic John Edward.

Irwin died in September 2006 when he was stabbed in the heart with a stingray barb. His grieving widow Terri and father Bob asked Edward to travel to Australia for a seance - and they believe he contacted Irwin.

Bob says, "There's no doubt that Steve was with us. There was a definite Steve energy that's unmistakable."

Terri adds, "John doesn't have all the answers but he gives beautiful glimpses that loved ones we've lost are doing well. I know Steve's gone but in some way...

Bindi Irwin Turns To Hip-Hop

November 26th, 2007 9:09am EST
Bindi Irwin
Late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's daughter Bindi is launching a new career as a rapper. The nine-year-old releases her debut hip-hop single "Trouble In The Jungle" next month.

Bindi's song contains the lyrics: "I'm afraid of grizzly bears, but don't you see / Grizzly bears should really be afraid of me/There's trouble in the jungle / We find that mankind is not so kind at all."

Since her father was killed by a stingray in September 2006, Bindi has launched a clothing line and a children's fitness DVD, appeared in a stage show and become an official Australian tourism ambassado...

Steve Irwin Awarded Professorship

November 8th, 2007 11:58am EST
Steve Irwin
Australian adventurer Steve Irwin will be posthumously awarded with an adjunct professorship at the University of Queensland. The 44-year-old Crocodile Hunter was due to be made a professor of the University's School of Integrative Biology in honor of his scientific research, but died before he could accept the honor.

Irwin's wife Terri will accept the award on November 14th, when the university holds a free public lecture about crocodile research.

The TV star was killed by a stingray while filming a nature documentary on the Great Barrier Reef Down Under in November 2006.


Notable Quotables

November 7th, 2007 6:00pm EST
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"He was hot in the cot." Steve Irwin's widow Terri admits the Crocodile Hunter was good in bed.

"I think they'd be very unlucky to have me." Daniel Radcliffe has snubbed a career in the British Army.

"Unless you like dressing like it's 1995, pull 'em up... and leave the muscle shirts to the bodybuilders" Sexy R&B star Ashanti hates seeing men in sagging jeans and inappropriate T-shirts.

"We've got time, we'll do both." Angelina Jolie on her plans to adopt and conceive more kids.

"I was pretty impressed with George Clooney. I knew he was getting heaps of tail, but he woul...

Justin Timberlake Pays Tribute To The Late Steve Irwin

October 29th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake has donated $100,000 to an Australian wildlife fund, paying tribute to deceased Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. The pop superstar is currently touring Australia on the latest leg of his FutureSex/LoveShow tour.

And during a concert in Brisbane on Saturday evening, he announced plans to give $100,000 to a scheme set-up by Irwin. Timberlake had been given a guided tour of the facility in Queensland by Irwin on a previous tour, prompting the generous gesture.

He told the crowd, "When I came here last time, it really hit me...I said to myself: "What can I do?' So what ...

Steve Irwin 'Knew He'd Die Young'

October 29th, 2007 1:54pm EDT
Steve Irwin
Australian crocodile hunter Steve Irwin had an eerie "sixth sense" that he would die young, his American-born wife Terri has revealed. More than a year after the 44-year-old wildlife presenter died from a stingray's barb that pierced his heart, Irwin's widow has admitted she had always tried to deflect her husband's darker moments.

She says, "He wasn't morbid about it, or awful about it, he was open and earnest about it.

"Steve had a real sixth sense about so many things. He had an odd connection with wildlife. He was extraordinarily intuitive with people. I found it all very, I d...

Steve Irwin Remembered At Memorial

September 4th, 2007 3:09pm EDT
Steve Irwin
Australians paid tribute to late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin at his zoo in Queensland on Tuesday. Irwin's widow Terri and children Bindi and Bob spent the first anniversary of his death in private, but appreciated the fans' memorial at Australia Zoo. Irwin was killed by a stingray barb while snorkeling near the Great Barrier Reef on September 4th 2006.

Speaking in parliament on Tuesday, Queensland Premier Peter Beattie said, "The spirit of Steve Irwin lives on in many ways. I again pay tribute to his energy, joy and commitment to conservation and wildlife, and acknowledge all those w...

Crocodile Hunter's Daughter To Launch Fashion Line

August 16th, 2007 9:27am EDT
Teri & Bindi Irwin
The daughter of late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin is launching her own children's clothing line. Eight-year-old Bindi Irwin, who recently launched her own TV show "Bindi: The Jungle Girl," will donate all proceeds from Bindi Wear International to conservation programs in her native Australia.

She says, "My Daddy was working to change the world, so everyone would love wildlife like he did. Now it is our turn to help."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Natalie Portman Names Baby Gorilla

July 2nd, 2007 11:14am EDT
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman fought back tears of joy when she helped name a baby gorilla in Rwanda on Saturday. The star joined a string of celebrities and conservationist Jack Hanna for the ceremony in a wildlife park, where 23 newborn mountain gorillas born in the wild were named.

Portman named her ape Ahazaza, which means future in the native language. One gorilla was named for late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, who was killed in September by a stingray while filming a documentary in the Great Barrier Reef.

Irwin's former manager John Stainton, who was present, admits he was planning a t...

Irwin Widow & Daughter Find Comfort In Old Footage

June 8th, 2007 9:45am EDT
Steve Irwin
The widow of Steve Irwin comforts their daughter Bindi when she misses her late father by playing her videotapes of the Crocodile Hunter's TV shows.

Terri Irwin and eight-year-old Bindi find comfort in watching televised footage of Steve, who was killed during a stingray attack off the Queensland coast in Australia in September.

Terri says, "We put on a Daddy show. We talk about him in the present tense.

I ask, 'What would Daddy say about that?' And then we laugh, because that's what Steve would do?"

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Steve Irwin's Widow Is Thankful For Condolences

June 6th, 2007 9:21am EDT
Steve & Terri Irwin
The widow of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin has paid tribute to the letters of condolence sent to her from around the world in the months following her husband's death.

Terri Irwin has been left stunned by the love sent her way after Steve was killed during a stingray attack off the Queensland coast in Australia in September.

Speaking to chat show host Ellen DeGeneres, she says, "I can't thank everyone enough. It's a long road that I've got ahead of me but the love and support, the letters from America, the outpouring of sympathy - he wouldn't have believed it. He was a very humbl...

Steve Irwin's Final Documentary, 'Ocean's Deadliest,' To Be Released On DVD June 19

May 19th, 2007 8:00am EDT
On June 19, EMI America Records will release the late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin's final documentary, "Ocean's Deadliest," on DVD. Steve Irwin is joined by explorer and adventurer Philippe Cousteau, grandson of the famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, as they explore the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, the northern Cape York Peninsular, and the Southern Ocean off South Australia.

Cousteau, who was aboard Croc One with Irwin's crew when Irwin was killed by a stingray during an underwater shoot on September 6, 2006, narrates the 66-minute documentary.

For thousands of years,...

Award Bosses Apologize To Terri Irwin

May 8th, 2007 11:59am EDT
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Bosses of a TV awards show have apologized to Steve Irwin's widow Terri after making her cry at the ceremony. Terri became emotional at Sunday's Australian TV Week Logie Awards when footage from an interview with her, filmed shortly after the death of her Crocodile Hunter husband, was aired.

Steve Irwin died after a freak stingray attack last year. The interview, during which his wife described the moment she found out about his death, won Most Outstanding Public Affairs Logie at the event.

The Irwins' family friend John Stainton says, "It was awful. Truly, they couldn't have pick...

Celebrity Snippets

April 5th, 2007 4:00pm EDT
Jason Lewis
* Brothers & Sisters hunk Jason Lewis is playing Satan in a new movie, Lucifer, based loosely on John Milton's Paradise Lost epics.

* Grindhouse hottie and Star Trek fan Rosario Dawson can speak Klingon.

* Staff at Las Vegas toy store FAO Schwartz shut up shop on Tuesday to allow Michael Jackson and his daughter Paris to shop without being disturbed.

* Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin's widow Terri turned talk show host for CNN last night when she interviewed her daughter Bindi on Larry King Live, while the host was on vacation

* Singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan is ...

Crocodile Hunter's Wife Is Still Coping With His Death

April 2nd, 2007 12:43pm EDT
Steve & Terri Irwin
The wife of nature conservationist Steve Irwin is struggling to cope with single parenthood since the death of her husband after a freak sting ray attack last year. Terri Irwin expressed her anguish at Nickelodeon's 20th Annual Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday.

The mother-of-two tells People, "It's extremely difficult. Part of me is still waiting for the day that he walks through the door. We have so much footage of Steve and we watch it so it's like we almost get to see him every day. The kids and I have good days and bad, but you just deal with it as it comes."

(This ...

Justin Timberlake Slimes Up A Storm At 'Kids Choice Awards'

April 2nd, 2007 8:40am EDT
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake made sure Saturday night's Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards were a messy affair when he became one of many celebrities to get 'slimed' at the Los Angeles prizegiving. The pop superstar hosted the awards, and although he boasted he was too famous to get slimed in his opening song, the star was covered in the event's famous green goo twice.

Mandy Moore, Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan, Tobey Maguire and Steve Carell were among the other stars to get messed up at the show, while Timberlake and Vince Vaughn ended the show with a slime fest - both got hit with the green stuff and ...

Steve Irwin Appears on Daughter's Show 'Bindi: The Jungle Girl'

March 28th, 2007 1:03pm EDT
Bindi The Jungle Girl
While most people know Bindi Irwin as The Crocodile Hunter's irrepressible daughter, those closest to her know that she deeply believed in her father's mission to protect wildlife. So in early 2006, Bindi and Steve Irwin began filming Bindi: The Jungle Girl to help get more children interested in wildlife conservation.

Despite Steve's untimely death later that year, Bindi and her mom Terri, with the support of their family, friends and staff at Australia Zoo, decided to carry on Steve's legacy and finish filming the series. Discovery Kids Channel is proud to announce that Bindi: The J...

Stolen Animals from The Steve Irwin Wildlife Center Are Recovered

March 19th, 2007 2:13pm EDT
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A wildlife center in Australia dedicated to keeping Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's animal-loving legacy alive has recovered around 50 reptiles stolen from the site yesterday. A crocodile, two pythons, three bearded dragons and 47 blue-tongued lizards were taken from the Wildlife Wonderland, near Melbourne, but were found nearby earlier today.

Police discovered the animals in boxes in a car on a Melbourne road, and are currently questioning a 21-year-old who was at the wheel of the vehicle. Policeman Mick Harvey says, "The thieves have targeted specific reptiles, they knew exactly what...

Celebrity Birthdays, February 22

February 22nd, 2007 3:00am EST
Drew Barrymore
Happy Birthday to "Charlie's Angel" Drew Barrymore (1975), "Star Trek Voyager" actress Jeri Ryan (1968), Sublime singer/songwriter/guitarist Bradley Nowell (1968; d. 1996), SNL actress Rachel Dratch (1966), Fijian golfer Vijay Singh (1963), Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin (1962), actor Kyle MacLachlan (1959), English actress Julie Walters (1950), "Little Shop of Horrors" actress Ellen Greene (1950), hoops legend "Dr. J" Julius Erving (1950), actress Leslie Charleson (1945), director Jonathan Demme (1944), silver screen actress Rebecca Schull (1929), character actor Paul Dooley (1928), British ...

Movie Snippets

February 12th, 2007 6:00pm EST
Benicio Del Toro
* Benicio Del Toro is set to become the latest actor to turn into a werewolf. The star is in negotiations to play the lead in a remake of classic monster movie The Wolfman.

* Two more films featuring unseen footage of late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin will be completed within a year, according to his business partner John Stainton.

* Movie star Orlando Bloom has reportedly bought 'girlfriend' Penelope Cruz a pair of pearl and diamond earrings for good luck as the Spanish actress prepares for the Oscars, where she'll compete for a Best Actress honor.

* Sean Penn and Bruce Will...

Crocodile Hunter's Widow: 'Fans Should Love Rays'

January 30th, 2007 7:00pm EST
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Steve Irwin's widow has urged fans of the Aussie conservationist and TV star to respect stingrays, even though one of the sea creatures ended her husband's life.

Irwin was killed when his heart was pierced by a ray's barb during a diving expedition off the coast of Australia last September, but Terri Irwin refuses to blame the sea creatures for the attack.

She even insists that her late husband would have released the footage of the attack if he had survived.

Terri Irwin says, "If Steve had come out the other side, I am sure he would have used it as an educational tool. Every...

10 Million Tuned In To Steve Irwin's Last Documentary & Tribute Specials

January 24th, 2007 11:28am EST
Steve Irwin
Animal Planet and Discovery Channel honored long-time friend, colleague and conservational icon Steve Irwin on Sunday evening, January 21, 2007, with his last documentary, "Ocean's Deadliest," followed by a half-hour tribute to his life, "Crikey! What An Adventure."

The two-hour block drew more than 10 million viewers across both networks, with the overall night yielding high Animal Planet ratings across several key demographics -- up 140% among overall households and 300% among P25-54.

"It's heartwarming that so many fans of Steve tuned in to our special night of programming in ...

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