Almost eight years after the tragic death of ‘Crocodile Hunter’ star Steve Irwin, the sole witness to his passing, Justin Lyons, has finally opened up about Steve’s final words.
“Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin was only 44-years-old when his life was tragically cut short by an 8-foot-wide stingray. Steve’s cameraman, friend, and sole witness to his passing, Justin Lyons, is now opening up about Steve’s death and his tragic final words.
Steve Irwin’s Final Words Revealed
On September 4, 2006 the world was shocked by Steve’s untimely passing. Now, years later, Justin has shared the details on Steve’s attack — and his final words — with Australia’s Studio 10.
Steve and Justin were only 8 days into the filming of a series called Ocean’s Deadliest when the attack occurred. Justin and Steve decided to get just one more shot of the stingray when it attacked.
“It started stabbing wildly with its tail; hundreds of strikes within a few seconds,” Justin says.
Justin did not realize the extent of the damage until he panned his camera back to Steve.
“I panned with the camera as the stingray swam away,” he reveals. “I didn’t even know it had caused any damage. It wasn’t until I panned the camera back [and saw] that Steve was standing in a huge pool of blood, that I realized something had gone wrong.”
Unaware of the extent of Steve’s injuries, Justin’s first thought was to get the pair out of the water before they started to attract sharks due to the blood loss. Steve told Justin that “it punctured my lung,” and within seconds the crew had Steve on an inflatable boat, where they learned that his injuries were far more serious.
“He was in extraordinary pain, the damage to his heart was massive,” Justin says.
Justin encouraged Steve to hold on. “Think of your kids, Steve,” he said. “Hang on, hang on, hang on.”
However, tragically, it was already too late — and Steve knew it.
“He just sort of calmly looked up at me and said, ‘I’m dying,'” Justin says. “And that was the last thing he said.”
Steve Irwin’s Legacy Continues
Steve left behind an incredible legacy. Not only did he share his journey and adventures with millions of viewers, but he left a lasting impression on his young children. Steve is survived by wife Terri, his son Robert, and his daughter, Bindi. Bindi, who was only 8-years-old when Steve passed away, has openly discussed her father, and is following in his footsteps by starring in her own nature documentary series Bindi the Jungle Girl.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? What is your favorite Steve Irwin memory?
— Caitlin Beck