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Cameraman of late 'Crocodile Hunter' shares Steve Irwin's final words


Cameraman of late 'Crocodile Hunter' shares Steve Irwin's final words

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Mar 10, 2014

Cameraman Justin Lyons, Steve Irwin's "right-hand man," revealed Irwin's final words during an Australian interview with "Studio 10." The famed "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin, 44, died on Sept. 4, 2006 after being fatally stabbed by an eight-foot-wide stingray while chest-deep in Batt Reef in Queensland, Australia, looking for tiger sharks.

According to NBC News, Lyons told "Studio 10" that Irwin "calmly looked up at me and said, 'I'm dying.' And that was the last thing he said." 

Their final shot while randomly exploring was simple, Irwin was supposed to swim up behind the "calm" creature that they found and Lyons would film it swimming away. "I had the camera and I thought, 'This is going to be a great shot,' and all of a sudden, [the stingray] propped on its front and started stabbing wildly with its tail, hundreds of strikes within a few seconds," Lyons candidly shared for the first time. "It probably thought that Steve's shadow was a tiger shark, which feeds on them regularly, so it started to attack him. I panned with the camera as the stingray swam away. I didn't even know it had caused any damage. It wasn't until I panned the camera back -- Steve was standing in a huge pool of blood." 

Lyons shared that Irwin received CPR on the boat after being pulled out of the water with an "about two-inch wide injury over his heart with blood and fluid coming out of it." Lyons further notes that throughout Irwin's career there was one rule between the "best mates" and it was that "we had to keep filming no matter what."

Irwin's final moments may be forever captured on film, but Lyons hopes that specific recording "never sees the light of day." 

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.