New Video Shows Steve Irwin Could Have Survived Fatal Stingray Attack — Report
It’s been 11 years since Steve Irwin’s tragic passing, but a new video of the Crocodile Hunter’s death potentially proves he could have survived the accident.
As many know, the Aussie died after a stingray’s barb pierced him in the heart while filming his Ocean’s Deadliest documentary.
While the attack was gruesome, an expert believes the 44-year-old made one major mistake that ultimately cost him his life.
Dr. Gabe Mirkin studied the new video of the father of two’s death and noticed he pulled the barb out of his chest.
“The stingray tail effectively acted as a plug — and the second he removed it, he bled to death,” he told Radar Online.
“Steve Irwin didn’t have to die.”
Steve passed away on September 4, 2006 after he spotted a 220-pound stingray near his boat.
He and his cameraman, Justin Lyons, got out of the boat so the TV star could approach the sea creature.
Unfortunately, the stingray began “stabbing wildly” and one hit landed right in Steve's chest.
“He was in extraordinary pain. The damage to his heart was massive,” Justin revealed.
“I was saying, ‘Think of your kids, Steve, hang on, hang on.’ He calmly looked up at me and said, ‘I’m dying.’ And that was the last thing he said."
Steve, who has 19-year-old daughter Bindi and 13-year-old son Robert, died shortly after the attack.
The Dancing With the Stars champ shared an adorable throwback video of her dad a few days ago to celebrate Australian Father’s Day.
“Remembering these days. This is a 3-year-old Bindi helping out with Dad's documentary filming. Life is always changing and evolving and I'll always be thankful that I learned so much from my dad,” she wrote.
“He taught me to treat every being on Earth the way you would wish to be treated. From the tiny ants to the enormous elephants. We are all connected and must respect each other to live in true harmony.
She continued, “I'll forever be thankful to have had these values passed on to me. Happy Australian Father's Day.”
What a beautiful tribute, Bindi!