Steve Irwin was one of the most amazing wildlife conservationists to ever walk this earth as he oozed vibrant energy that made him a larger than life personality. As a young boy born into an outdoor, nature-loving adventurous family, Irwin grew up to become a champion of wild creatures and their habitats. Unfortunately, this same thing that he loved to do led to his death as one of the same creatures he sought to protect, a stingray, was what abruptly ended his life.
The news of his demise shook the entire world in 2006 and left not just his immediate family but also his fans heartbroken. Read on as we unveil when and how the operator of the Australian Zoo passed away, including other details about his life.
Who was Steve Irwin?
Steve Irwin was born Stephen Robert Irwin on February 22nd, 1962, the same day his mother celebrated her birthday. His birthplace is one of the suburbs of Melbourne called Essendon, and his parents have been identified as Lyn and Bob Irwin.
Irwin parents are ardent lovers of the outdoors and nature, with his father being a wildlife expert interested in herpetology while his mother worked as a wildlife rehabilitator. It was, therefore, not surprising that different wild animals and mammals were their young son’s constant companions while he was growing up.
At the young age of six, Steve Irwin got gifted with his first python and when he clocked nine years, he began to handle crocodiles under the watchful eyes his father. As a matter of fact, his father founded a small reptile and Fauna park within their locality in Beerwah which the family has over the past decade operated.
The brilliant young nature lover had his formative years at Queensland, where he schooled. He was a student of Landsborough State School and Caloundra State High School.
With an inborn passion for looking after and rescuing the seemingly hapless wild animals, Steve Irwin followed in his father’s footsteps to become a nature conservationist. He soon started volunteering for the Queensland’s East Coast Crocodile Management program where he caught about a hundred crocodiles.
Following his success in managing his family park, Irwin moved into showbiz to launch a career as a television personality. Some of the shows he appeared in that thrust him into the screen of millions of people all over the world in over one hundred and forty-two nations are The Crocodile Hunter series, Croc Files, which ran from 1999 through 2001, The New Breed Vets, The Crocodile Hunter Diaries, which aired from 2002 to 2006, and Ocean’s Deadliest.
Interestingly, the above-named shows are not the only programs in which Irwin appeared in. He featured in Dr. Dolittle 2, a 2001 film by Eddie Murphy, 2002’s The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, and the music video of the music group Wiggles, among others. His amazing talent earned him numerous recognitions such as a Young Artist Award for Best Family Feature Film for the second listed movie.
When And How Did He Die?
Steve Irwin died while shooting for his television show Ocean’s Deadliest on September 4, 2006, in Batt Reef, Queensland after he was stung by a stingray.
The Stingray species which includes the Myliobatiformes, Urotrygonidae, and others, have venomous tails which they use as a form of defense or attack, as the occasion serves them. However, their stings are generally not fatal to humans.
As the story goes, the Stingray was said to have been swimming in the water with Steve Irwin pretty close to the sea animal. It then suddenly turned around flapping its poisonous tail severally and stabbing wildly at Irwin’s chest, piercing his heart.
Although his crew tried to get him much needed medical assistance, Irwin passed away at the age of forty-four (44) years. The staff of a health facility at Low Island pronounced him dead on arrival.
Five days after the unfortunate incident, on the 9th September 2006, a funeral service was held for Steve where his body was committed to mother earth in Australia Zoo. The funeral service was attended by notable celebrities from all over the world, including Australia’s former Prime Minister John Howard, music star John Williamson, and actor Russell Crowe, among others.