As the 10th anniversary of beloved wildlife expert Steve Irwin’s death approaches, his friends, family and fans have been stunned by a letter Irwin’s father, Bob, recently found.
In the letter, addressed to his parents, Irwin described how impactful the values instilled in him by his mother and father had been on his life.
The emotional note was a touching tribute that expressed the words and thoughts that every parent wants to hear from their children — that their efforts meant something.
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“At 32, I am finally starting to figure it out. In good times and in bad, you were there. Your strength and endurance to raise me will not go unrewarded. My love for you is my strength!” Irwin wrote to his parents.
Like most children, it had taken Irwin most of his life to realize “how essential” his parents were to building his “character,” “ethics” and “happiness.”
Irwin concluded the letter by calling his parents his “best friends!”
Irwin’s 77-year-old dad said the note fell out of a book that he was using to do research for a soon-to-be-released memoir, “The Last Crocodile Hunter,” Fox News reported.
Unfortunately, the wildlife expert’s mom, Lyn, was killed in a car accident in Australia in 2000, so she never read the sweet words penned by her son.
Irwin was killed in 2006 during a snorkeling excursion when a stingray attacked him and punctured his heart.
His memory has been resurrected lately, as his 18-year-old daughter, Bindi, won last season’s “Dancing With the Stars” competition. The young Irwin often mentioned her dad as a reason for dancing and pushing herself to success.
The way she spoke about her father was similar to the way in which he spoke about his parents in this recently released letter.
The 10th anniversary of his death is Sept. 4.
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