The Steve Irwin tape (lost death footage; 2006)


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The Steve Irwin tape
A photo of Irwin taken just hours before his death.
A photo of Irwin taken just hours before his death.
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On the 4th of September, 2006, Australian wildlife expert/television personality Steve Irwin a.k.a. 'The Crocodile Hunter' was fatally attacked by a stingray while shooting a documentary titled Ocean's Deadliest in the Great Barrier Reef.[1] The attack, as well as the aftermath and, presumably, the actual moment of death were all captured on camera, due to a production rule imposed by Irwin that cameramen were not to stop recording if something took a turn for the worse, as it was these moments of genuine danger that gave Irwin's documentaries their edge.

According to eyewitness testimonies from crew members, the stingray (which Irwin was attempting to swim over the top of) struck Irwin in the chest multiple times, puncturing his heart, after which point he was immediately pulled from the water by his colleagues onto Croc One (a 75 foot yacht created for the purposes of conducting both research and adventure tours), which attempted to rush to the shore as Irwin bled out.[2] An hour had passed before they made it to land, during which time Irwin's colleague (and the man who was behind the camera when Irwin was attacked), Justin Lyons, performed CPR on him, all the while a second cameraman continued shooting footage from the sidelines. Irwin was pronounced dead by paramedics within seconds of their arrival; according to Lyons, his final words were "I'm dying."

The resulting footage was handed over to Queensland authorities, who are said to have eventually returned it to Irwin's family, who are, in turn, said to have destroyed it. Lyon's, when asked about his feelings on the possibility of the footage one day being aired, stated that he hopes it is never released, out of respect to Irwin's family, also revealing that he is no longer in possession of the recordings and that he suspects that there are no remaining copies in existence.

In the years following Irwin's death, a handful of alleged pieces of footage (in the form of both videos and screenshots) have shown up online, although their validity has never been proven and they are generally accepted as having been either fabricated or taken out of context.

References

  1. Wikipedia article on Steve Irwin. Last retrieved 28 Oct 2014.
  2. Croc One’s official website. Last retrieved 28 Oct 2014.

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Anonymous user #1

6 months ago
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I found the lost tape of Steve death it on YouTube
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Anonymous user #2

6 months ago
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Now Rhis is some Grade-A+ bullshit!
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Anonymous user #3

5 months ago
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Nope you didn't ... what you seen was something else that has been floating around the internet for years

nice try ;)
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Anonymous user #4

5 months ago
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Give us a link I wanna see the tape
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Anonymous user #4

5 months ago
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WAIT I just saw it
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Anonymous user #5

5 months ago
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LIES.
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Anonymous user #4

5 months ago
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I'm not lying I saw it its on YouTube search it up
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Anonymous user #6

5 months ago
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You are mistaken, whatever one you are seeing, the ones posted from 2006-2008, the footage is so dark, you can't make out who that is, let alone at that time, they had better equipment to film underwater than what you are seeing. The 2012-2013 videos posted is not of that moment either. This is one case where I think the footage will stay lost forever. Unlike the Chubbuck incident, this didn't happen on TV, so whatever got recorded, the family got a copy and once they seen what happened, they trashed it and rightfully so. I am sure in Australia police hqs there lies a copy of this film but trust me, whatever you have seen on youtube, is most definitely a fake there buckaroo ;)
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DvLostMedia

3 months ago
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I Have Seen The Death
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Nodog

3 months ago
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It was probably the hoax(?) on YouTube that you saw.
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Anonymous user #7

3 months ago
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RIP steve irwin
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Anonymous user #8

2 months ago
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I hope this is gone and stays lost forever. Some media doesn't need to be found. I'm not even saying all death tapes, audio or otherwise, don't need to be found, but there isn't any real point in this one seeing the light of day.
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Anonymous user #9

1 months ago
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It'll bring closure to his millions of fans to see it
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