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Terri Irwin Releases Details On Croc Hunter Memorial

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The grieving widow of Steve Irwin was to meet with the media today to share details of the conservationist's memorial. When the time came, however, her father-in-law Bob Irwin read a statement from Terri as she was still too overcome with sadness of the loss of her soulmate to face the public just yet.

Since the death of the Crocodile Hunter on Sept. 4, plans have been underway to hold a public memorial to celebrate the life and work of Irwin. It was originally thought a large stadium would be the ideal venue for the many fans expected to attend. Instead, the Irwin family will hold the service at Australia Zoo's Crocoseum on Wednesday, September 20 at 9AM.

Terri, via the statement read by Bob, said "'I cannot see how a memorial service for Steve would work in any other place other than the Crocoseum which he built here at the zoo and of which he was so proud.'"

John Williamson, the legendary singer-songwriter (an Australian equivalent of John Denver, to some extent), will perform Steve's favorite song — "True Blue". Williamson has said he is deeply honored to be asked to perform at the memorial and will include a song called "Sad Day in Meekav", which is where the singer was when he learned of his friend's death.

Williamson went on to say, "'Steve was a proud Aussie who spruiked [promoted through public speaking] the wonders of our ancient land with infectious enthusiasm, who stood his ground on every occasion to protect not only the fauna of the world but his Australianness.'"

Terri, daughter Bindi, John Stainton (director/producer/friend), and others are also expected to address those who attend the memorial. With only 5,500 seats available, arrangements are being made to broadcast the celebration of Steve Irwin's life across Australia, Asia, and the U.S.

3,000 tickets will be distributed free of charge, beginning this Friday morning via a ticket agency in Brisbane. The remaining tickets will be distributed through Australia Zoo and a store with a ticketing service in Maroochydore.

Donations are still being accepted in honor of Steve Irwin by his Wildlife Warriors fund. The director of the charity, Michael Hornby, also used the press conference as an opportunity to condemn the killings of stingrays over the last week near where Irwin died after being pierced in the heart by a stingray barb. Officials do not believe the animals were killed by fans, but are investigating the circumstances as cases of animal cruelty. 

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  • CYNTHIA KNIGHT

    TO THE FAMILY OF STEVE IRWIN,
    HE BROUGHT SO MUCH JOY, LAUGHTER AND EDUCATION TO MY FAMILY AND MYSELF. HE ALWAYS OFFERED ENTERTAINMENT WITH EDUCATION, WHICH IS A RARE COMODITY. HIS LIFE WAS NOT LIVED IN VAIN, AND ALTHOUGH I HAVE LOST SO MANY THAT I LOVE, I KNOW THEY ARE ALL IN A BETTER PLACE WITH JESUS. I GUESS HE NEEDED ONE MORE AUSSIE ANGEL, AND HE GOT A GREAT ONE! HE WILL BE SORELY MISSED AND ALWAYS LOVED BY ALL. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
    LOVE THE KNIGHT& MILLER FAMILY’S

  • http://kimandsandi the zielinski family

    Dear Irwin family please know that are arms, hearts & prayers are with you here in omaha nebraska we in the us also loved steve.

  • Lori McKimmy

    Dear Irwin family, & friends:
    GOD BLESS YOU ALL, & MAY STEVE REST IN PEACE! YOU WILL ALL MEET UP AGAIN SOMEDAY! REMEMBER THAT HE DIED DOING WHAT HE LOVED MOST, WELL NEXT TO HOW MUCH HE DID LOVE HIS FAMILY THAT IS! THE SONG “HURTS SO BAD”, BY SUSAN TEDESCHI REMINDS ME SO MUCH OF SOMETHING THAT WIDOW, TERRI WOULD BE LISTENING TO TO REMIND HER OF HER WONDERFUL HUSBAND WHO LOVED HER SO MUCH! GOD BLESS!

  • B. Benedict

    Steve Irwin – A rare individual, with a love of life, spiriual in his connection with all creatures great & small. I am glad to have been able to know him, even if via the airwaves…
    To the Family of Steve Irwin, you, his wife and children will be always in my prayers and may Steve’s legacy continue. God be with you.

  • k hammond

    to the irwin family.
    i am so sorry for your lost. my family feel as though we lost part of our family.
    we have watched you from the begining. we love ad admired steve and you for showing the world about saving animals and taking us with you on your journeys all around the world.
    there will never be anybody as passionent or as loving about animals as steve was, the world lost it’s only warrior. “crikey ” we love and will miss seeing you but you will always be in our hearts.
    i hope we’ll still get to see his dream live on with you and bindi,and little bob.

  • Maria

    My deep love and prayers for Terri, Bindi, and Bob, and the Irwin’s Family. I know deep in my heart that Mr. Steve Irwin has discovered a new frontier right now as we speak in heaven. There are beautiful species and very rare in heaven, where in afterlife we will have a different body free of illness and death, and I know “GOD” has plans for “Steve Irwin”, he left us quiet and peacefull. Here, down in earth you will wrestle an alligator or a crocodile, but in heaven he will walk side to side without any danger. Down in earth he was more than a wildlife protector, he was an angel and protector and did prove that we should learn to live and respect all living creature, humans and animal kingdom. He went an extra mile to prove that we humans also need these wonderful animal kingdoms in order to survive as a circle of life. Someday I will be honor to meet this wonderful animal lover and protector that teached the whole world to respect them and care for them as we should do to ourselfs. Someday in “Heaven” Let the adventure begin. “GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY” Wife and Childrens.

  • robert andrews

    i have been a fan for a long time everyday i would watch his show and he was truely an amazing father and a wonderful man and i was deepley saddend when i heard he passed away.i know that we will ALWAYS ALWAYS remember who he was and what he did for wildlife.he was definitaly a one of a kind and there will never be another steve robert irwin we will remember him in our mind and our hearts he would say CROC’S RULE.

  • Christine Gardiner

    To Terri, Bindi and Bob,
    I cannot even begin to understand the pain and grief you must be going through.
    All the words, the out pouring of love and support and all the prayers in the world will never be enough or bring Steve back to you. But please believe me that we are all heart broken to hear about your darling Steve’s death. I’m sure that I’m not the only one that wishes that this would never have happened. I myself would do any thing to bring Steve back to you, but instead all I can do is send via “blogs” a heart felt big hug to you and your family. It will never be enough to offer condolences but unfortunately that is all any of us fans of yours and Steves can do.
    I commend you on wanting to carry on with Steves dream, I know you will do a wonderful job of it too. Bindi will also be fantastic in pursuing her dream of carring on as her Dad would want her to, she has also stated that this is what she would also like to do.
    Crikey what a wonderful family you have.
    Much Love Christine from Canada

  • Diane Winkler

    Dear Terri,Bindi,and Bob,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Steve will be missed by millions the world wide. Since this tragedy, there hasn’t been one day gone by that I don’t think of all of you and Steve. He was such an entertainer and so fun to watch. Even more that will be missed will be all the work you all have done to protect all wildlife and to educate us about the importance of the preservasion of all animals.
    I know this a very difficult time, but with time each of you will get through it. I know it sounds impossible right now, but God will help.

    my deepest sympathy,
    Diane Winkler, Austin Texas

  • Tania Fernandes

    Dear Terri, Bindi n BOB,
    No amount of words can convey the volley of emotions felt by all whose lives have been changed forever by ur loving family. In this unexpected moment know that prayers of love , comfort n thankfulness spring up in our hearts.
    We all have been shown the way to love n nurture God’s gift’s to us, and with ur loving guidance we hope that the future generation as well get’s a chance to fall in love with God’s creation through your help.
    Much love,
    Tania.

  • M.A.H.LaMarsna

    To Irwin family and friends,
    God has choosen a few to protect His presious creations and understand where they really belong in His world. He gave Steve the knowlegde and compassion to teach others, let them understand they have a purpose in life like we do and should respect and cherish every living thing. We have lost a great teacher and person. My greatest wish for peace to you in this time of life.