Add Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin to the pantheon of adventure heroes immortalized as action figures. In honor of the late Irwin’s dedication to nature conservation and education and his love of animals, Wild Republic, the nature brand of K&M International, has teamed up with the Irwin family and the Australia Zoo to bring a new line of toys to the USA. Among the line’s 39 products: an Irwin figure ($22) that spouts Steve’s trademark phrases — "Crikey!" among them, no doubt — play sets and plush toys. They will be unveiled at the International Toy Fair Feb. 11-14 in New York. Bindi Irwin, 8, was filming a new series for the Discovery Channel, co-starring her father, at the time of his death. Irwin, 44, died Sept. 4 in Port Douglas, Queensland, after a stingray pierced his heart. "We all know that Daddy had an important job. He was working to change the world so everyone would love wildlife like he did," Bindi Irwin said in a statement. "Now it’s our turn to help him."
Russell Crowe wants to play Steve Irwin in a film based on the life of the ‘Crocodile Hunter’. The Oscar-winning AView the profile for Cameron Diaz on Celebrity Spotlightustralian actor – who has repeatedly spoken of his affection for friend Steve after he was tragically killed, aged just 44, by a stingray – is in talks with Universal Studios about making a biopic. Crowe, 42, is desperate to make the movie as he feels it would be a fitting tribute to the wildlife expert’s life. An insider told In Touch Weekly magazine: "It’s not about money for Russell – it’s about honouring his friend. "Steve once told Russell that he wanted him to play him in a movie version of his life."
ANIMAL Planet will air "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin’s memorial service Tuesday night. Irwin, who singlehandedly put Animal Planet on the map, was killed Sept. 4 when he was attacked by a stingray while filming a documentary. The service, being held at Irwin’s Australia Zoo in Beerwah, will air exclusively on Animal Planet Tuesday from 9 to 10 p.m. It will be a same-day telecast (with a two-hour delay). Irwin’s family members and his longtime friend/producer, John Stainton, are expected to speak. Irwin left behind wife Terri and children Bindi, 8, and Bob, 2.
WHILE her mother told of losing her soulmate, eight-year-old Bindi Irwin prepared herself for a heart-wrenching tribute yesterday. Terri Irwin had been expected to make her first public appearance since her husband’s death to pay tribute to him yesterday. But at the last minute she decided it was too much to handle. Instead she wrote a heartfelt note which was read aloud outside the gates of Australia Zoo. She thanked the public for their "overwhelming outpouring of love, support and prayers for my family". She referred to Steve as her "soulmate" and "wildlife warrior". Terri also revealed she had rejected offers to hold a memorial for Irwin in the 50,000-seat Suncorp Stadium in favour of a more intimate tribute at his favourite place, the Crocoseum at Australia Zoo. That’s where Bindi, who many are predicting will carry on Steve’s legacy, will face her toughest moment next Wednesday. Terri revealed Bindi would address the memorial service on behalf of herself and her little brother, two-year-old Bob. "I cannot see how a memorial service for Steve would work in any other place other than the Crocoseum, which he built here at the zoo and of which he was so proud," Terri said. "I would therefore ask that everyone please bear with me in this wish and help me to make this happen." She said she understood many people would not be able to attend, so the family would work with the State Government to supply large TV screens to venues at Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. The service will be broadcast on television live through the ABC to Australia, Asia and the US. Irwin’s manager John Stainton said the service would be a tribute to Irwin’s life, from the boy to the man, with guests sharing their memories of him. He said John Williamson would perform Irwin’s favourite song True Blue, but the memorial would not be an "elaborate variety show". "We’re going to try to cover as many facets of his whole entire life from when he was a little boy to when he left us," he said. Australia Zoo and Ticketek at Brisbane and Maroochydore will distribute 3000 free tickets to the service from 9am (AEST) on Friday.
Wildlife television presenter Steve Irwin was buried at his Queensland zoo yesterday in a private funeral attended by family and close friends.Irwin’s family had turned down government offers of a state funeral insisting that they wanted his burial to be a simple, private affair. A close friend said: "The council gave the family permission to bury Steve at the zoo and we think they’re going to erect a monument there so visitors can continue to pay their respects."The family also plan to hold a public memorial service.Terri has not spoken publicly since Irwin’s death on Monday when a stingray’s barb pierced his heart while he was filming on the Great Barrier Reef. But she has spoken to her mother, Julie Raines.Mrs Raines, who lives in Oregon in the United States, said: "Terri is concerned about raising the children by herself."But I know she’ll do well. She’s just having a hard time. Robert says, ‘Where’s Daddy?’"Irwin’s close friend and producer, John Stainton, told CNN’s Larry King: "Terri is putting on a brave face for the kids’ sake."He also revealed that the TV crew who filmed Irwin’s death had returned to the Great Barrier Reef to complete Ocean’s Deadliest, the documentary he had been making.Mr Stainton said: "It was very difficult to go out there. But I knew Steve would have wanted that."
The footage of late Australian naturalist Steve Irwin being killed by a stingray could be shown on TV.Charismatic Irwin, dubbed the Crocodile Hunter after his internationally acclaimed TV show, died yesterday while diving on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Irwin was filming for a new documentary when he lost his life, and his cameraman shot the moment when the stingray’s barbed tail stabbed the legendary conservationist through the heart. The tapes are currently being held by Queensland police–but Irwin’s family is determined to respect his last wishes and allow the harrowing footage to be broadcast. Irwin once insisted, "My number one rule is to keep that camera rolling. Even if it’s shaky or slightly out of focus, I don’t give a rip. "Even if a big old alligator is chewing me up I want to go down and go, ‘Crikey!’ just before I die. That would be the ultimate for me." An insider tells British newspaper the Daily Star, "This is exactly what Steve would have wanted. He knew the dangers and was totally up for the cameras to get everything."
A DOCTOR has told of the desperate efforts to save Australian icon Steve Irwin after the Crocodile Hunter was struck in the chest by a stingray barb today.Irwin, 44, died this morning after being fatally injured while filming a nature documentary off Queensland.The news has shocked the nation and prompted a rush of tributes from politicians and the public alike.Irwin’s wife Terri was in Tasmania at the time of the tragedy and had to be contacted by police with the terrible news.The couple’s daughter Bindi, 8, was with her father in north Queensland, Irwin’s director and producer John Stainton said from Cairns.Mr Stainton said Irwin had gone “over the top of a stingray and a stingray’s barb went up and went into his chest and put a hole into his heart”."He possibly died instantly when the barb hit him, and I don’t think that he … felt any pain.”Dr Ed O’Loughlin was aboard the Emergency Management Queensland Helicopter which was called from Cairns at 11.21am (AEST).Irwin was being given CPR at Low Isles, off Port Douglas, as the helicopter arrived less than one hour after the incident, but Dr O’Loughlin said nothing could be done to save him."It became clear fairly soon that he had non-survivable injuries," Dr O’Loughlin said."He had a penetrating injury to the left front of his chest. He had lost his pulse and wasn’t breathing."Father-of-two Irwin was swimming at Batt Reef, off the Low Isles, when the tragedy occurred.Tasmania Police this afternoon confirmed his wife Terri was travelling in the state at the time of the tragedy.A spokeswoman said police had made contact with Mrs Irwin and "passed on a message relating to the death of her husband".The Irwins have two children – Bindi and a three-year-old son, Robert (Bob) Clarence Irwin.Steve Irwin – known worldwide as the Crocodile Hunter – was famous for his enthusiasm for wildlife and his catchcry "Crikey!". In an sad twist, it has been reported that his new documentary was aimed at demystifying the stingray. However Mr Stainton said Irwin was filming other footage for a program with Bindi at the time of the attack.Irwin’s Crocodile Hunter program was first broadcast in 1992 and has been shown around the world on cable network Discovery.He has also starred in movies and has developed the Australia Zoo wildlife park, north of Brisbane, which was started by his parents Bob and Lyn Irwin. Tributes quickly poured in for the larger-than-life character. Prime Minister John Howard said Irwin was a typical Australian larrikin who brought joy to millions of people around the world."I am quite shocked and distressed at Steve Irwin’s sudden, untimely and freakish death," he said."It’s a huge loss to Australia."