Steve Irwin's Widow Says He Never Thought He'd Live A Long Life

This story from Today.com:

It's been nearly 12 years since zookeeper and "Crocodile Hunter" star Steve Irwin died while filming a documentary about some of the animals he was so passionate about during his life.

And while his death at the age of just 44 came as a shock to his many fans, according to his widow, Terri Irwin, it wouldn't have shocked the man himself.

It's been nearly 12 years since zookeeper and "Crocodile Hunter" star Steve Irwin died while filming a documentary about some of the animals he was so passionate about during his life.

And while his death at the age of just 44 came as a shock to his many fans, according to his widow, Terri Irwin, it wouldn't have shocked the man himself.

Steve Irwin knew the risks of the work he did and never envisioned living a long life, according to his widow, Terri Irwin.

"He never thought he'd have a long life," Terri revealed in an emotional interview for an Australian television series, "Anh's Brush With Fame." "He always kind of had this sense his life would be cut short."

Irwin was proved right when snorkeling between takes for "Ocean's Deadliest" at Batt Reef in Queensland, Australia, in 2006, when a stingray approached him and pierced his chest with its barb.

But Terri said there was something about his early exit that he would have never expected.

"No one would've been more surprised than Steve at the outpouring at grief and love," she said.

Of course, no one felt grief more intensely following the devastating loss than his own family — Terri and their two children, Bindi, who was just 8 at the time, and Robert, who was 2.

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