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Read Steve Irwin's touching lost letter to his 'Mum & Dad'

Posted: 3:52 PM, Sep 02, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-02 15:52:14-04
Read Steve Irwin's touching lost letter to his 'Mum & Dad'

It’s been a decade since Steve Irwin wrestled his last crocodile, but the beloved TV host and wildlife expert is continuing to inspire people around the world.

While reading a book earlier this year, Steve’s father Bob came across a letter the “Crocodile Hunter” had written to his parents between 1994 and 1995 when he was 32 years old. The touching letter describes his relationship with with his “Dad & Mum”.

“Probably one of most unfortunate things in a “Blokes Life” is that it takes over 30 years to realize how essential you have been to build my character, my ethics and most importantly my happiness,” the letter reads. “For the rest of my life I will reflect on the unbeliebably GREAT times we’ve shared and will continue to share. You’re my best friends!”

Irwin captured the hearts of viewers around the world as host of the “Crocodile Hunter” from 1996 until his death. His charming Australian accent and his death-defying interactions with dangerous animals made his show a hit until he was tragically killed by a sting ray on Sept. 4, 2006.

Irwin took after his parents, both of whom are animal conversationalists. The letter is published in Bob Irwin’s memoir, “The Last Crocodile Hunter: A Father and Son Legacy”. The book is slated to be released in November.

The full letter can be read below.

 
“Probably one of most unfortunate things in a “Blokes Life” is that it takes over 30 years to realize how essential you have been to build my character, my ethics and most importantly my happiness.

At 32 I am finally starting to figure it out, in good times and in bad — you were there; you’re my strength and endurance to raise me will not go unrewarded. My Love for you is my strength!

For the rest of my life I will reflect on the unbeliebably GREAT times we’ve shared and will continue to share. You’re my best friends!”

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.