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'World Lost a Hero': Family and Friends Remember Steve Irwin on 13th Death Anniversary

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Steve Irwin has been both praised and criticized for his up-close and often aggressive approach to videotaping animals.

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Steve Irwin, Australian zookeeper, conservationist and television personality, passed away on September 4, 2006.

13 years later, he is still in our hearts and being fondly remembered on his death anniversary.

Steve known more commonly as ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ was famous for hosting a wildlife documentary television series of the same name along with his wife Terri. He met his death at age 41, after he was pierced in the heart by a short-tail stingray’s barb while filming an underwater documentary titled Ocean's Deadliest at Batt Reef in Queensland.

Steve’s wife Terri Irwin took to Twitter to pay tributes to her late husband.

Not just his wife, Bindi Irwin also shared an emotional quote on her Instagram, remembering her father.

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Tagging Terri and Steve’s son and daughter, Bindi and Robert, 60 Minutes Australia also paid tributes to Steve by sharing footage from an interview with him.

Besides educating his viewers about wild animals, Steve championed several environmental causes during his long, illustrious career. He was both praised and criticized for his up-close and often aggressive approach to videotaping animals.

Netizens also turned nostalgic after they shared their memories of Irwin, more than a decade ago.

It's not just his death anniversary when he is remembered. Steve’s daughter Bindi remembered her father on Australia’s Father’s Day observed annually on September 1.

“It’s Father’s Day here in Australia,” Bindi wrote on Instagram alongside a video featuring a montage of footage of her parents playing with her as a child and introducing her to the animal world.

"Hug the people in your life who bring light to your heart and always remember that love lasts forever," she further added,

Robert Irwin also shared the sentiment.

Earlier also, fans had fondly remembered him when Robert Irwin had posed with the same crocodile, fifteen years apart.

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