It was a sad day for all of us when it was announced Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, was killed. Irwin was pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming an underwater documentary. It was a shock to the world that someone who was so good with wildlife could fall due to such a tragic accident.
Nearly 10 years after his passing, Bob Irwin, Steve's father, was doing research for his memoir when he came across a note from his late son. Neither Bob nor his wife, Lynn, had ever seen it before. The note, handwritten by Steve, is a beautiful tribute to his love of his family.
"Dear Dad + Mum,
Probably one of the most unfortunate things in a 'Bloke's Life' is that it takes over 30 years to [realize] how essential you have been to build my character, my ethics and, most importantly, my HAPPINESS.
At 32, I am finally starting to figure it out. In good times and in bad, you were there. Your strength and endurance to raise me will not go unrewarded. My love for you is my strength!
For the rest of my life I will reflect on the unbelievably GREAT times we've shared and will continue to share. You're my best friends!
Thank you, Steve"
Bob's memoir will be released in late October, documenting his time with his son as a Father-Son Crocodile Hunting team.
Hope you're wrestling some crocs in heaven, Steve.