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Steve Irwin's Wife Speaks Publicly First Time Since His Death

September 26th, 2006 9:34am EDT
Steve and Terri IrwinSteve Irwin's widow Terri has spoken for the first time about her husband's untimely death. Terri, 42, recalled the terrible moment when she heard about the Crocodile Hunter's fatal accident. Steve died on September 4 when a stingray's barb pierced his heart as he was filming a wildlife documentary off of Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

The grieving widow said: "Steve's friend and manager John Stainton rang. He said, 'There's been a diving accident with Steve' and I thought, 'Don't say it, don't say it, don't say it' and he said it. He said those three words, 'Steve is dead'.

Terri admits she still hasn't fully come to terms with the fact that Steve is dead. She added in an interview with Good Morning America: "I'm still at the stage where I think he's going to come home. And it didn't really happen. I'm dealing with it all one minute at a time, sometimes an hour at a time, with great faith and great determination."

Terri admits she has found it difficult to cope since losing Steve but thanked the public for their "thoughts and prayers". Speaking of the support she received during the memorial service at Steve's Australia Zoo last week, she said: "I walked into the Crocoseum and I knew people would be missing Steve but the feelings of love and support from Australians was just overwhelming. He would have said, 'Crikey, mate, I can't believe this'."

Terri added: "There never has been before and never will be again another Steve Irwin. Every day he was my prince charming."