‘My love for you is my strength’: Steve Irwin’s heartbreaking letter to his parents before he was killed by a stingray. When Steve Irwin died after being attacked by a stingray in 2006 it sent shockwaves around the world. And now, as his family and fans prepare to mark the 10th anniversary of his death, a heartbreaking note penned by the Crocodile Hunter has been uncovered. The touching letter, written to the conservationist’s parents 12 years before his death, reveals a man who was ‘finally starting to figure it out’ at the age of 32.
Heartbreaking: A poignant letter written by Steve Irwin to his parents have been uncovered as his family and fans prepare to mark the 10th anniversary of his death
‘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,’ he wrote, in the letter published on news.com.au.
‘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!’
Family bond: Steve’s father Bob (pictured) found the unopened letter in a book while researching his memoir
Tragic: Steve’s son Robert was just two-years-old when the Crocodile Hunter died, pictured in 2005
Steve’s father Bob only discovered the poignant note earlier this year when he was researching his memoir, The Last Crocodile Hunter: A Father and Son Legacy.
He told the publication that the unopened letter addressed to himself and his wife Lyn, fell out of a book.
A message on the envelope read: ‘Please be happy to know that your strength and wisdom have been passed on.’
Just 12 years after writing this letter, Steve passed away in the waters off Port Douglas in Far North Queensland at the age of 44.