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20 September 2006 :: 15:09:46 pm 32364

Steve Irwin‘s paid tribute from his family and friends

Steve Irwin‘s brave little daughter Bindi got a standing ovation after delivering a tribute to her father. Watched by her mother Terri, brother Bob, and some 5000 mourners at the Crocoseum, Bindi the 8-year old daughter of “Crocodile Hunter” spoke with remarkable clarity and assurance as she addressed the crowd.
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“I have the best daddy in the whole world.”When I say see a crocodile I will always think of him.”
Brave Bindi said she will shoot the same giant fish that killed her dad when she presents her own wildlife TV show “Jungle Girl”, scheduled to air in January.

“Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin died tragically last Sept. 4 when a stingray‘s poisoned barb pierced his heart while he was filming a documentary at Australia‘s Great Barrier Reef.

Steve‘s manager John Stainton said the naturalist decided to film the stingray that killed him on the spur of the moment, so his daughter could see it. “It should have been an innocent encounter for a TV show aimed at children. Bindi‘s new series is going to premiere next January throughout the world. Steve was an integral part of that program. We will do him proud and continue that effort”, revealed Stainton.

“We‘ll just roll without anything pre-empting it,” said Irwin‘s business manager and friend John Stainton of the event at Irwin‘s Crocoseum.

Earlier Prime Minister John Howard told the memorial service to Steve Irwin by paying tribute to the Crocodile Hunter‘s “zest for life”.

Before some 5000 mourners inside the Crocoseum at Irwin‘s Australia Zoo in Beerwah, Mr Howard said: “We gather in this special place that Steve created to celebrate the life of a remarkable man and a remarkable Australian.”

“Steve Irwin touched the hearts of Australians and touched the hearts of millions around the world in a very special way.

“He did that because he had that quality of being genuine, of being authentic, of being unconditional and having a great zest for life and throughout his all-too-short life he demonstrated a love for the two things that ought to matter more to all of us than anything else – his love of his family and his love of his country.‘‘

Mr Howard said he brought to Australians and to the world an understanding of nature.

“He taught our children in particular to love and respect all creatures great and small,‘‘ he said.

Before Mr Howard‘s comments, actor Russell Crowe‘s taped tribute was played.

“Your passing has suspended reality for all of us,‘‘ Crowe said on the recording from New York. “It was way too soon and completely unfair on all accounts.

“I know as humble as you always were you would still be pleased to know that the world sends its love and people all over this planet have been grieving.

“We have all lost a friend, we have lost a champion and we are going to take some time to adjust to that.‘‘

Other tributes to the Crocodile Hunter included a rendition of Steve Irwin‘s favorite song True Blue, performed by Australian musician John Williamson, a tribute from The Wiggles and movie star Cameron Diaz shared her condolences via a video tribute.

“People were just taken by him, they were just inspired and in awe of his energy and how he actually went about putting himself forward and what he represented,‘‘ Diaz said.

“Every kid was in love with the idea of being able to be him.‘‘

Her partner, singer Justin Timberlake, told of the lasting impression Irwin had made on him.

“I only spent a day with you guys but it‘s one I‘ll never forget.

“I‘ll never forget what I learned just being around Steve.

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and he will definitely be missed.”

In a taped interview, American talk show host Larry King said he loved having Steve on his show, not just because it was “terrific‘‘ television but also because it impressed his two young sons, Chance and Cannon.

“I‘ve interviewed presidents, kings and Oscar-winning movie stars,‘‘ he said.

“But once I talked to the real-life world famous Croc Hunter, well that made me a hero

“Steve‘s connection with kids will be one of his enduring legacies,‘‘ Mr King said.

“He took them to the animal world, up close and personal.

“He gave them an education, as well as excitement.‘‘

‘A great man‘

“To Steve‘s children … your dad was a great man, he made the world a better place.”

Other special guests included Kim Beazley who earlier described Irwin as a terrific patriot and Queensland Premier Peter Beattie who said he was a great Queenslander.

Boxer Kostya Tszyu said he was “big sad” and “there should be lots of tears”.

Entire families arrived at Australia Zoo wearing khaki outfits in tribute to Irwin as they try to score prime seats for today‘s Steve Irwin memorial service.

Janine Kelly of Redcliffe in Brisbane said she and her sons Finnegan 4, and Orinoco 3, camped out in the rain overnight at Australia Zoo to get their memorial tickets.

She said Orinoco‘s “superhero buddies” were “Superman, Steve and Jesus‘‘.

“Steve‘s genuineness is like a child and kids know, it‘s like kids with animals – they know a good animal they know a bad animal.

“Kids with people they know who to go to who not to got to and so they just somehow could relate.”

Ms Kelly expected her and her family to be sad but she wanted to support the family

“It‘s a celebration of his life, a life cut way too short but there will also be sadness.”

Steve Irwin the Crocodile Hunter

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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