Crocodile Hunter's Wife Receives Video of Husband's Death

Celebrity News Jan. 4, 2007 AT 9:25AM
The couple in 2002. The couple in 2002. Credit: ZUMA Press

Australian authorities have given the video capturing "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin's death by stingray to his family and destroyed all other copies to prevent the footage from being made public, the Associated Press reports. Irwin, 44, died on September 4 after being stabbed in the heart by a stingray's poisonous barb while filming a documentary on the Great Barrier Reef off the Queensland coast. Queensland State Coroner Michael Barnes said authorities gave the original video to his wife, Terri, in late December and destroyed all other copies. "The footage has been the subject of widespread media interest and it was wholly appropriate that we took all possible steps to ensure something of such a personal and tragic nature did not fall into the wrong hands," Barnes said in a statement. In an interview with ABC's Barbara Walters last September, Irwin's widow, Terri, said the video would never be released. "What purpose would that serve?" she told Walters, adding that she herself had not seen the video. Irwin's business partner, John Stainton, who has seen the film, told Walters he never wants to see it again and doesn't want anyone else to see it. "It's just a horrible piece of film tape," he said.

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