Steve Irwin's wife, Terri, has disclosed the heartbreaking promise she made to the beloved “Crocodile Hunter” before his tragic death in 2006.
Just before he passed away in 2006, Steve Irwin, spoke to his wife, Terri Irwin, about what he would like her to do in the event of his death.
Late Steve Irwin with his wife Terri at Collision Course Premiere on September 07, 2002 | Photo: Getty Images
According to Daily Mail, Terri unveiled the promise she made to her late husband in the trailer for the upcoming season of “Crikey! It's the Irwins: Life in Lockdown.” Opening up about Steve’s wish, an emotional Terri said:
“He said to me, if anything happens to me, just make sure Australia Zoo continues. So it is really important that we keep this going.”
Terri’s revelation came at the time that Bindi said that she wished her well-known father was alive to help them out with the challenges they are facing. It would be recalled that the Irwins had to shut down the Australia Zoo due to the novel coronavirus pandemic — a decision that caused them to struggle with keeping the business from folding up.
Since the death of [Steve Irwin] the TV personality, zookeeper, and conservationist, his family has gone through some difficulties, including a falling out.
As for their late father, The Guardian wrote that Justin Lyons claimed that Steve couldn’t have been saved after a stingray attacked him. Justin, who is the cameraman and friend that witnessed the incident, recounted that the famous “Crocodile Hunter” had trouble breathing.
He added that even though they were able to get him to the hospital at the point, Steve was attacked by the stingray, the likelihood of saving his life was almost nonexistent.
Late Steve Irwin, posed with a three foot long alligator at the San Francisco Zoo on June 26, 2002 | Photo: Getty Images
As it turned out, Justin and Steve were some days into filming “Ocean's Deadliest” off the Great Barrier Reef when the tragic incident occurred. Since the death of the TV personality, zookeeper, and conservationist, his family has gone through some difficulties, including a falling out.
According to The Sun UK, Steve’s sister, Joy Muscillo claimed that the family became estranged after Terri sent her husband’s family out of the animal shelter. Joy added that Terri and her two children began putting some distance between themselves and Steve’s family soon after he died in September 2006.
Late Steve Irwin at "Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World" - Los Angeles Premiere at The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences on November 11, 2003 | Photo: Getty Images
She also stated that the only reason she didn’t open up about the estrangement sooner, was because of the confidentiality agreement that forced her to keep mute on the matter. The first sign of family problems came when Steve’s 80-year-old father, Bob Irwin, said he wasn’t expecting an invite to Bindi’s wedding.