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Terri Irwin opens up about life after Steve.

Eight years ago, the world lost The Crocodile Hunter, and a family lost their father and husband.

It has been over eight years since Steve Irwin, known as The Crocodile Hunter, was killed aged 44 by a stingray barb on 4 September 2006.

His wife, Terri Irwin told WHO magazine that she “wasn’t prepared for how scary it would be to lose him”. Daughter Bindi and son Robert were 8 and 2 respectively at the time of Steve’s death.

Image: Bindi Irwin Instagram

"If someone dies you expect it to be phenomenally sad, but I’m a very strong person and I didn’t expect to feel so afraid," Terri continued.

However, only recently did Terri move Steve's clothes out of his wardrobe due to a recent home renovation. "That’s the first time I’ve taken his clothes out of the closet and I didn’t put them back. But I was good with that and it felt comfortable."

Image: Bindi Irwin Instagram

Earlier this month, Bindi, who just celebrated her 16th birthday, posted the following photo to her instagram account on Father's Day:

"You are my superhero and my whole world. I wish you could be here, but I will do my best to make you proud. I love you more than words. Forever and always." Bindi wrote on Instagram

The family have made sure to continue Steve's legacy of conservation with Bindi Irwin becoming the face of Australia Zoo in Queensland. The family have also ensured that the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve on the Cape Work Peninsula is safe from mining after a battle with the government.

Bindi is finishing off school and is working toward a Certificate 3 in Business and Tourism at TAFE and plans to manage Australia Zoo with her mum.

While Robert, now 10, is home schooled and intends to study paleontology (the study of pre-historic life). He also said, "I definitely want to continue where Dad left off. To follow in my dad's footsteps especially is really amazing."

Robert and Bindi. Image: Bindi Irwin Instagram

Bindi remembered her father earlier this year when she celebrated her birthday, posting to her instagram account, "Dad - I wish you could be here today, I miss you. I love you so much."

CLICK THROUGH the gallery to see Bindi growing up:

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