Steve Irwin remembered by family on 13th anniversary of death

Posted at 9:11 AM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-04 09:14:38-04

Steve Irwin is being remember by his family, friends and fans in loving tributes online on the 13th anniversary of his tragic death.

"They say you should live each day to the fullest. Steve actually did. I miss him every day, and I am so proud to see his mission continue," his wife Terri wrote on Twitter.

Irwin died on September 4, 2006 after being stabbed by a large stingray while filming for an underwater documentary, "Ocean's Deadliest."

Irwin was born into wildlife, the Australia Zoo says. His parents established a two-acre wildlife park in 1970 that expanded and later became the Australia Zoo.

Today Irwin's children, 21-year-old Bindi and 15-year-old Robert both work with their mother at Australia Zoo, continuing the effort's their father dedicated his life to.

Bindi shared a touching picture to Instagram to mark the anniversary of her father's death.

"If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart. I'll stay there forever," the picture said.

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Robert previously shared this picture that shows him and his father feeding the same crocodile at the same place, just 15 years apart.

Irwin became a worldwide icon with his with is daring stunts and charisma, championing for wildlife and conservation efforts.

"A man who lived in his khakis and spent most of his time darting the bite of a venomous snake, wrangling a crocodile, or rescuing an animal in need of help. He had an infectious personality that was saturated with enthusiasm and a love for life and wildlife alike," the Australia Zoo writes on the website dedicated to Steve Irwin Day, November 15.

Since his death, Irwin has been honored in several different ways. Including the naming of a new land snail species, snail Crikey steveirwini, being inducted into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame and receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.