Bindi Irwin shares the diary entry she wrote 8 years after the death of her father Steve Irwin


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Bindi Irwin shared the diary entry she wrote just days after the death of her father Steve Irwin, saying the pivotal moment allowed her to move on.

Although she was only 8 years old at the time, Bindi said the decision allowed her to “continue”.

“I remember thinking, this emotion is going to shape me; this is going to be a real turning point in how I’m going to go on for the rest of my life and I want to be strong for my family,” she said, appearing on the Australian Podcast What About Death!?.

“One day – I wrote it in my diary, actually – I thought to myself: ‘this is it, I choose not to indulge in sadness anymore.

“I choose to find the strength dad had and carry on.”

Steve Irwin died on September 4, 2006 at the age of 44, after being stung in the chest by a stingray at the Great Barrier Reef.  Bindi was only 8 years old at the time.  Photo / Getty Images
Steve Irwin died on September 4, 2006 at the age of 44, after being stung in the chest by a stingray at the Great Barrier Reef. Bindi was only 8 years old at the time. Photo / Getty Images

In conversation with Australian Tibetan Buddhist nun Tsultrim, Bindi said the loss of her father was the “most difficult thing” she and her brother Bob Irwin had experienced and said their grief “walks with us all. days “.

The conservation lawyer said that although she felt overwhelmed by the “whirlwind” of grief, she felt compelled to continue her father’s legacy.

“I made that decision and I was so young… I remember thinking, ‘I’m going to get up and I’m going to be strong and I’m going to take all of my emotions and channel them into something good.”

Her change of mind prompted her desire to talk about Irwin’s memorial service where the 8-year-old girl celebrated her father’s conservation efforts.

“I have the best dad in the whole world and I will miss him every day,” she said at the time. “When I see a crocodile I will always think of him and I know daddy made this zoo so that everyone can come and learn to love all animals.”

Steve Irwin was a famous Australian zookeeper, conservationist and wildlife expert known as “The Crocodile Hunter” – which was also the name of his television series.

Irwin tragically died on September 4, 2006 at the age of 44, after being stung in the chest by a stingray at the Great Barrier Reef. At the time of his death, he was filming a documentary series called Ocean’s Deadliest.

Present on the day of Irwin’s death, his close friend and producer of The Crocodile Hunter TV show, John Stainton told the I’ve Got News For You podcast that Irwin gave a speech to the team on the smelled “really weird”.

“He was sort of thanking them all for being who they were and for helping him… It was like a ‘final’ speech… Very weird,” Stainton said.

“I had this idea when I walked in that something was wrong, but it’s just life, you never know what things are going to do to you.”

Steve Irwin's widow, Terri Irwin (C) and children Robert Irwin (L) and Bindi Irwin (R) continued their animal conservation work.  Photo / Getty Images
Steve Irwin’s widow, Terri Irwin (C) and children Robert Irwin (L) and Bindi Irwin (R) continued their animal conservation work. Photo / Getty Images

Speaking on Anh’s Brush with Fame, his wife Terri Irwin also shared Irwin’s strange prediction about his untimely death.

“You know, he never thought he would have a long life. He always kind of felt his life was going to be cut short,” she said.

“I remember him saying to me, ‘I don’t think I’m going to film anymore, I think I’m just going to hang out with my kids.”


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