300 Million People To Watch Steve Irwin Memorial

By Mia Blake

With 4,000 people in attendance, and over 300 million people watching around the world, fans and admirers of Steve Irwin say goodbye

With 4,000 people in attendance, and over 300 million people watching around the world, fans and admirers of Steve Irwin say goodbye A public memorial service is now underway at Australia Zoo for Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin.

Two weeks ago, Irwin was killed by a stingray bard while shooting a documentary for the BBC.

The ABC reports Irwin’s public memorial is taking place at Australia Zoo on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast from 9:00am AEST, Wednesday. It is being telecast throughout Australia and to over 300 million people around the world including fans from Canada

Australia’s Prime Minister John Howard and Queensland premier Peter Beattie are attending the service along with Irwin’s friends, staff and family.

More than 1,000 guests were invited and free tickets issued to anther 3,000 people.

Terri Irwin and her eight-year-old daughter Bindi will make their first public apprearace at the memorial.


Steve Irwin’s daughter Bindi has told of her love for “the best daddy in the world” at a memorial service for the Crocodile Hunter.

“My daddy was my hero

“My daddy was my hero - he was always there for me when I needed him,'’ Bindi said, remaining upbeat and composed.

“He listened to me and taught me so many things but most of all he was fun.”

“I know that Daddy had an important job. He was working to change the world so everyone would love wildlife like he did.'’

“I don’t want Daddy’s passion to ever end,'’ she said.

‘Best Daddy in the world’

“I want to help endangered wildlife just like he did.'’

“I have the best Daddy in the whole world and I will miss him every day,'’ she said.

Mr Irwin’s father Bob choked back tears as he briefly thanked well-wishers for their letters and gifts on behalf of the family.

“Please don’t grieve for Steve - he’s at peace now,'’ he said.

“But I would like you to grieve for the animals - the animals have lost the best friend they ever had, and so have I.

“I was fortunate to just recently spend three or four weeks with Steve on crocodile research and he was the best he’d been for many years and I’ll certainly treasure that.’

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  • 15 Responses to “300 Million People To Watch Steve Irwin Memorial”

    1. Comment by QUEENSLANDER | 09/19/06 at 5:14 pm


    2. Comment by Shawnnita | 09/19/06 at 5:17 pm

      It was the most beautiful memorial I have ever witnessed. Devestatingly sad for his family and friends, however, a blessing for closure to those of us that needed it.

    3. Comment by Ronald Painter | 09/19/06 at 5:29 pm

      Every animal lover in the world will miss you. You entertained me and hekped me understand the wild like no one ever has or will.

    4. Comment by Jon and Lu | 09/19/06 at 5:48 pm

      Steve I loved watching your shows!

    5. Comment by Julie rands | 09/19/06 at 10:19 pm

      It was a wonderful memorial.
      The flowers spelling CRIKEY was a terrific idea .

    6. Comment by Paula | 09/19/06 at 10:25 pm

      Very moving memorial and celebration of Steve’s life. Beautiful music and wonderful words about a great man. Although you could see the pain in their faces, his family was strong. I was especially proud of Bindi. Wes and John did a wonderful job. My heart goes out to Bob, Steve’s father, Terri, and the children. They did everything right with this service — very loving tribute to Steve. We love him, too! Thanks for sharing it with the world!

    7. Comment by Maria Petersson | 09/20/06 at 2:57 am

      A wonder full man has left us!!!! Regards to his family sensearly Maria Petersson ,Sweden

    8. Comment by Maria Petersson | 09/20/06 at 2:59 am

      A wonderful man has left us! Regards to his family, sensearly Maria Petersson ,Sweden

    9. Comment by Sasha | 09/20/06 at 5:46 am

      The memorial was beautiful, a real celebration of an amazing life fully lived. It hurts not having him around. It feels like a huge loss to the intire planet and our future.

    10. Comment by VINCE FAVAZZO | 09/20/06 at 8:36 am

      GOD bless the Irwin family.
      Steve was a grate role model for all of us.
      We will miss him but never forget him. “Steve rules”

    11. Comment by Rich | 09/20/06 at 7:27 pm

      Great memorial I and my family will miss the Croc Hunter…thanks Steve for teaching us so much…

    12. Comment by kasia | 09/23/06 at 8:20 am

      :( Steve I loved watching your films. (*) ,Steve is the best,

    13. Comment by edith hume | 09/26/06 at 6:18 am

      we will all miss you steve its like losing amember of your family we are still aching inside we will never forget you time may heal but never go away love to terri and bindi /bob thoughts and prayers with you sleep peacfully steve till we will all meet again xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    14. Comment by Antero Salonen | 10/02/06 at 11:21 am

      Irwin was the master to do animal films. His films meant to me a lot. I and my sun have watch many of his films.
      Condolences for his family!

      Antero, Helen and Harri from Finland

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