Croc Hunter Steve Irwin Remembered A Decade After His Death

It's been ten years since the colourful Aussie passed away.

04/09/2016 7:51 AM AEST | Updated 04/09/2016 11:18 AM AEST
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Today marks ten years since Steve Irwin's untimely death.

As Australia marks Father's Day on Sunday, the nation is also remembering ten years since it lost one of its most colourful and well-known characters.

Today marks a decade since Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin died in far north Queensland after being stabbed through the heart by a stingray barb.

The internationally renowned television star was filming in September 2006 and his death brought the nation to a standstill.

Then-prime minister John Howard told the nation Irwin's death was a "huge loss", and tributes flowed in magazines, newspapers and on TV bulletins.

His daughter Bindi, now a media star in her own right, was 8-years-old at the time and read a heart wrenching tribute to her dad at his public memorial at Australia Zoo.

Bindi posted a special tribute to her dad on social media on Sunday to mark father's day.

Irwin's son Robert was just 2 years old when the tragedy occurred.

Australia Zoo is holding a Father's Day event on Sunday coinciding with to the 10-year anniversary of the legendary conservationist's tragic passing, but media reports suggest the Irwin family will not attend.

Australia Zoo told Yahoo 7 the family plan to keep their movements private today.

The poignant anniversary follows this week's surprise news that an old letter written by the croc hunter to his parents has been unearthed.

Irwin's dad Bob recently found the note from Steve in which he praised their parenting.

"At 32, I am finally starting to figure it out. In good times and in bad, you were there," a young Steve Irwin reportedly wrote to his dad.

"Your 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 unbelievably GREAT times we've shared and will continue to share."

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