Many Aussies will remember the moment when television icon, Steve Irwin, died in 2006 from a stingray barb through his heart.
At 44 years old he left behind two children – Bindi Irwin and Robert Clarence Irwin – but according to his wife Terri Irwin, the zookeeper and TV personality had a foreboding feeling about his early death mere months before.
Speaking to Anh Doh on his Brush with Fame series, Terri talked about her late husband.
“You know he never thought he would have a long life. He just always kind of had this sense that his life would be cut short,” she said.
“I remember him saying to me, ‘I don’t think I am going to film anymore, I think I am just going to spend time with my kids.’”
In the emotional interview, Terri spoke about their last goodbye, and the moments immediately after she found out about his death. Parting ways in Queensland, Terri took their kids to Tasmania while Steve stayed to film his documentary Ocean’s Deadliest.
“I remember him at the air strip waving good bye,” she said.
“That was the last time we saw him.”
Later that night she received the devastating news.
“I remember this incredible sense of responsibility. This feeling of overwhelming grief but it was like ‘what do I do next?'” she said.
“So I kind of collected my thoughts and then I had to go out to the car to tell Bindi and Robert.
“Which was really hard.”
You can watch a clip of the emotional segment here:
However, what really shocked Terri was the overwhelming grief and support that flooded in after Steve’s death. Something that has continued 12 years on from his passing.
“The thing I didn’t expect or understand was just how it affected everyone,” she said.
“No one would have been more surprised than Steve at just the outpouring of grief and love.”
Anh Do’s Brush with Fame is on ABC on Wedenesdays at 8pm. You can watch the episode on ABC iview.