Terri Irwin has marked 15 years since the death of husband Steve Irwin by reminding her followers of the message he was trying to impart on the world.
Steve died on September 4, 2006 at the age of 44 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming.
Terri shared a photo of Steve holding a baby alligator to mark the anniversary, writing: ‘Today is a special day to remember Steve’s mission and message.
‘He was determined to inspire us to be Wildlife Warriors, protecting wildlife & wild places. We can honour his legacy by remembering that every animal is precious…even the ones with big teeth!#NationalWildlifeDay’.
Daughter Bindi Irwin also remembered her father on the anniversary of his death, wishing that he could have been around to see her daughter.
Sharing a photo of her as a child with her father, as well as one of her daughter, Grace Warrior, Bindi wrote: ‘This sweetheart lights up seeing her ‘Grandpa Crocodile’ on screen.
‘I wish that Dad could hug my beautiful girl. It’s been 15 years since he passed away. I hold on to the thought that he’s her guardian angel now, watching over the most special part of my life, Grace.’
On the day of the accident, Steve had been due to be filming for a show called Ocean’s Deadliest, but it had been called off due to bad weather.
He had decided to head to Batt Reef with his cameraman Justin Lyons and director John Stainton anyway to get some footage for his daughter’s show Bindi the Jungle Girl.
At the time, the cameraman said: ‘He had been filming for his own show, Ocean’s Deadliest, but suddenly he said he was off to seek out some normally harmless stingrays.
‘It should have been an innocent encounter for a TV show aimed at children.’
Steve died after a 220lb bull stingray behaved unusually aggressively, stabbing the wildlife expert hundreds of times with the barb on its tail, piercing Steve’s heart which caused fatal internal bleeding.
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