Bob Irwin, the father of “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, has spoken out about the cameraman who shared details of the late television star’s final moments on Earth.
The 81-year-old says family and friends agreed to a “pact of silence” regarding Steve’s death — and the cameraman, Justin Lyons, broke that promise.
Steve’s father, Bob Irwin. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“I personally felt very sad and, to a degree, angry about what Justin had to say,” Bob tells ABC Australia for an upcoming special about Steve on Australia Story.
“For a lot of people trying to get on with their lives without Steve, it wasn’t something that helped by any means.”
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In March 2014, Justin shared the details of Steve’s Sept. 4, 2006 death. He explained the crew decided they needed “one last shot” — but didn’t see the giant stingray lurking beneath them.
“[The stingray’s barb] went through his chest like a hot knife though butter,” he said at the time.
“He thought it had punctured his lung, and he stood up out of the water and said, ‘It punctured my lung’… He just sort of calmly looked up at me and said, ‘I’m dying.’ And that was the last thing he said.”
Steve and his kids in 2005. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Among those people who are “trying to get on with their lives without Steve” are his daughter Bindi, 16, son Bob, 11, and wife Terri, 50.
Speaking to People last year, the teenage conservationist said many adults told her “time heals all wounds” — a statement she declared a lie.
Terri, Bindi and Bob in 2014. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“That kind of sadness never goes away,” she said at the time.
“It’s like losing a piece of your heart that you never get back.”