Bindi Irwin compares dad Steve Irwin’s death to ‘losing a part of your heart’


Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin talk about their new Animal Planet series “Crikey! It’s the Irwins,” which follows their day-to-day work at Australia Zoo.

There is not a day that goes by that Bindi Irwin doesn’t think of her father, Steve Irwin.

Irwin, the beloved Crocodile Hunter, died while working on the underwater film “Ocean’s Deadliest” in 2006 after a stingray attacked him. He was just 44, leaving behind daughter Bindi, who was 8 at the time, and son Robert, only 2.

“I remember people coming up to me and saying, ‘I’m sorry for your loss, sweetheart. Time heals all wounds.’ But that’s just not true,” Bindi told People. “It’s like losing a part of your heart, and when you’ve lost that, you never get it back.”

Related: ‘Crikey!’ Steve Irwin’s family starts ‘beautiful new chapter’ with Animal Planet show

Bindi, now 20, along with Robert, 15, and their mother Terri Irwin, 54, vowed to keep Steve Irwin’s vision alive. The trio have traveled the world promoting the  nonprofit he started, Wildlife Warriors, an organization established to educate people on endangered species.

They also work at the Australia Zoo (owned by Terri) and star in the Animal Planet series “Crikey! It’s the Irwins,” which premiered in October. 

“I sure hope dad would be proud,” Bindi said. “We really do try every day to make him proud and follow in his footsteps. I hope that somewhere he’s out there going, ‘Yes! You did good!'”

Robert added: “This is our passion. It’s a part of us, and Australia Zoo will always be home.”

Related: See Bindi Irwin’s touching tribute to dad Steve Irwin on his birthday


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