He was filming a documentary on the world's deadliest creatures when he was stung by a stingray in chest deep water. Justin Lyons, the man that Australia's Crocodile Hunter had called his "best mate" and "right-hand man," shared Irwin's final moments during an interview on Australia's morning show "Studio 10. The two were shooting a wildlife documentary in the Great Barrier Reef when they spotted an 8ft-wide stingray. “I’m happy that I’ve finally spoken about it publicly. “The stories at the time of Steve’s death – none of them were accurate because no one else was there,” Mr Lyons said in an interview. “It probably thought that Steve’s shadow was a tiger shark, which feeds on them very regularly,” he told Studio 10. Panther Chameleon Lost In Daly City, CA Since June Found Alive On Powerline, New Limits In Effect On Native Herp Possession In South Carolina, Researchers Rediscover Malagasy Chameleon After 100 Years. ", After the "massive stingray" struck the wildlife expert, Lyons said 44-year-old Irwin "calmly looked up at me and said, 'I'm dying.' Our Covid-free newsletter brings together some of the best bits from irishexaminer.com, as chosen by our editor, direct to your inbox every Monday. Steve Irwin's death was one of the few celebrity death's that really hit me hard. "Never" was Lyons response when asked if the images would ever air. Steve Irwin knew he was dying after a massive stingray stabbed him in the chest hundreds of times, ... Cameraman recalls last words of Steve Irwin. ", (FILES) This file photo dated 19 June 2003 shows Steve Irwin, recognised worldwide as "The Crocodile Hunter", pretending to wrestle with a snake in the form of a model train at a Sydney launch for a new train service. Steve Irwin knew he was dying after a massive stingray stabbed him in the chest hundreds of times, the only witness to the 2006 attack has said in his first detailed public account of the conservationist’s death. Steve Irwin, also known as the Crocodile Hunter, died nine years ago after he was stung by a stingray on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Suddenly, the animal began wildly stabbing Irwin with the barb on its tail – hundreds of strikes within seconds, Mr Lyons said. “He was so good with animals.”. “I thought that it was a great way to illustrate my experience with Steve; holding on to these traumatic events can be very, very bad,” he said. © Irish Examiner Ltd, Linn Dubh, Assumption Road, Blackpool, Cork. The cameraman who witnessed the death of Australian "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin revealed on March 10, 2014, a stingray stabbed at him "hundreds of times" and his final words … Neither the Irwin family nor the Australia Zoo, which was managed by Irwin and now his widow Terri, has responded to a request for comment. AFP PHOTO / FILES / Greg WOODGREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images. It wasn’t until I panned the camera back that Steve was standing in a huge pool of blood that I realised something had gone wrong.”. The 44-year-old died later that day, leaving behind his wife Terri and two young children. It wasn't until I panned the camera back ...", Lyons said that he and the crew were able to get Irwin out of the water quickly and back to the main ship, but "the damage to his heart was massive.". Irwin’s long-time cameraman told Australia’s Studio 10 morning show: “He just sort of calmly looked up at me and said, ’I’m dying’. The men were going for one final shot, where Irwin would swim up from behind the creature and Lyons would film it swimming away. Click here to view the documentary, "The Irwin Encounters" on the folks who worked with Steve Irwin. "We had this rule that if Steve was ever hurt or injured that we had to keep filming no matter what. “We’re saying to him things like, ’Think of your kids, Steve – hang on, hang on, hang on’,” Justin Lyons said. The cameraman revealed that everything from the attack to performing CPR on Irwin was filmed. In the nearly eight years since Australia’s famed Crocodile Hunter died, Mr Lyons has said little publicly about how the fatal encounter with the stingray unfolded. "It probably thought that Steve's shadow was a tiger shark, which feeds on them regularly, so it attacked him. Bob Irwin, the father of Steve Irwin told ABC News Australia in a documentary that he was sad and angered that Steve Irwin’s cameraman for 15 years, Justin Lyons, went on Australian television last year and told the viewers that the Crocodile Hunter’s last words were “I’m dying.” That was the thing with him," Lyons said. “I didn’t even know it had caused any damage. “And that always bothered me.”. Bob Irwin, the father of Steve Irwin told ABC News Australia in a documentary that he was sad and angered that Steve Irwin’s cameraman for 15 years, Justin Lyons, went on Australian television last year and told the viewers that the Crocodile Hunter’s last words were “I’m dying.”, Crocodile Hunter's Cameraman Reveals Steve Irwin's Last Moments, “I personally felt very sad and to a degree angry about what Justin had to say,” Irwin told the ABC News Australia. “It was never going to be a croc or a shark,” he said. https://www.facebook.com/AmoMamaNostalgia/videos/690906434864977 Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox, Your Irish Examiner delivered to your door. The fact that Irwin – who was notorious for his extremely close encounters with crocodiles, sharks and other potentially lethal animals – died after a run-in with a normally docile creature shocked the public, but Mr Lyons said he always had a sense his friend would meet an unusual end. Mr Lyons still vividly remembers the day he lost his friend, who rose to fame on his TV series 'The Crocodile Hunter'. Mr Lyons and his crew threw Irwin into their boat and put pressure on the gash over his heart, which was seeping blood, and Mr Lyons performed CPR, but the damage was too severe. Steve Irwin's last words revealed Mar 11, 2014 2:12pm. Live by the sword, die by the sword I suppose. And that was the last thing he said.”. Steve Irwin. The barb went through his chest “like a hot knife through butter,” piercing his heart. I didn't even know it had caused any damage. The cameraman with Steve Irwin at the time of his death has described how a stingray’s jagged barb pierced the Crocodile Hunter’s chest “like ... Crocodile Hunter Irwin's last words revealed. "I don't know what's happened to it, but I suspect that it's gone. Registered in Ireland: 523712. It'll never see the light of day, hopefully. He revealed that the two of them were in chest-deep water at Batt Reef in Queensland, Australia, when they came across the "8-foot wide" stingray. Now, he said, he wanted to clarify how Irwin died, including dismissing reports that his friend pulled the stingray’s barb out of his own chest. It has been, I guess, a weight on my shoulders.”. I panned with the camera as the stingray swam away. 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The Irwin family at the Australia Zoo in June 2006: (L-R) Robert, Terri, Steve and Bindi Photo: Australia Zoo via Getty Images Irwin’s last words were 'I’m dying' “For a lot of people trying to get on with their lives without Steve, it wasn’t something that helped by any means.” According to the report, there was apparently an unwritten pact that nobody reveal Steve Irwin’s last moments and Bob Irwin may have felt that Lyons may have violated that pact. Lyons cried on Australian TV when he detailed how Irwin tried to stay alive as they raced toward shore, and how Lyons spent an hour giving Irwin CPR  after having his chest pierced by a stingray “hundreds of times.”. His heart was punctured by the stinger and he died on his boat after lapsing in and out of consciousness. "I had the camera and I thought, 'This is going to be a great shot,' and all of a sudden, (the stingray) propped on its front and started stabbing wildly with its tail, hundreds of strikes within a few seconds," Lyons explained. The cameraman who witnessed Steve Irwin's death has spoken about the Crocodile Hunter's last moments for the first time. The cameraman who witnessed the death of Australian "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin revealed on March 10, 2014, a stingray stabbed at him "hundreds of times" and his final words were "I'm dying." He is also speaking out now because he has just finished producing a documentary, E-Motion, which examines the impact that repressing negative emotions can have on the body. Seven years after TV personality Steve Irwin died from a stingray attack, the cameraman who was by his side is speaking out about what happened on Sept. 4, 2006. They had been filming the creature for several minutes in chest-deep water and decided to try to get one final shot of the stingray swimming away. He was just such a kind, genuine, loving guy, always so enthusiastic about things.