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Steve Irwin's 'Croc Team' reveal what really happened the day he horrifically died

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For the first time since the accident, Irwin's team and father are publicly speaking.

How Steve Irwin, the popular Australian conservationist, died was never publicly talked about because of the shock his death caused his family, friends and viewers around the world.

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MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Working with Irwin's former colleagues, the Croc Team, Bob Irwin soon learned what happened to his son from the very people with Steve during his final moments. While filming "The Irwin Encounters," the elite team revealed how they struggled after their friend died.

"I personally felt very sad and to a degree angry about what Justin had to say," said Bob Irwin during an interview with the ABC's Australian Story.


The Crocodile Hunter's cameraman, Justin Lyon told the story of how Steve was mercilessly, yet unknowingly, stabbed by a stingray during a filming on Studio 10 last year, leaving Irwin's family and friends devastated.

Steve was killed by a hundred stabs from a stingray in 2006 while they were filming for the Ocean's Deadliest documentary.

"All of a sudden it propped on its front and started stabbing wildly with its tail, hundreds of strikes in a few seconds," said Lyon's during his interview at Studio 10. He initially did not notice that something happened to his friend until he panned out the camera, seeing a huge pool of blood.  

Lyon managed to bring Irwin up to the boat, but by that time the injury he suffered was already fatal, due to the jagged barb with venom stingrays have.

Although Lyon was the first to tell what happened, struggles from the rest of Irwin's elite team have been disclosed, as they film a part of ABC's Australian Story to be aired Monday.

They expressed deep sadness and emptiness following the death of a friend, which led them all separate ways to cope up the grief. For the first time in eight years, they were together with Steve's father Bob as they share and recall their fondest memories with Steve.

"I do think of Steve everyday because I see Steve and I hear him in every single animal. Every single encounter that I have, he's there," said his PA Nicole Byrne. She also said that she was unable to actually share her struggles after her friend died, not even to her husband.    

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