A heartbreaking, yet touching letter written by Steve Irwin has been discovered nearly ten years after his death.
The lost letter was only unveiled publicly this week and it is already touching the hearts of people around the world.
In the note, penned by the crocodile hunter just 12 years before he was killed, the then 32-year-old explains how much his parents have impacted his life and how much he loves them.
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“Probably one of the most unfortunate things in a ‘Bloke’s Life’ is that it takes over 30 years to realise how essential you have been to build my character, my ethics and, most importantly, my HAPPINESS,” the letter, titled ‘Dear Mum and Dad’ reads.
“At 32, I am finally starting to figure it out. In good times and in bad, you were there. Your strength and endurance to raise me will not go unrewarded. My love for you is my strength!
“For the rest of my life I will reflect on the unbelievably GREAT times we’ve shared and will continue to share. You’re my best friends!”
The letter was discovered by Steve’s father, Bob, earlier this year whilst he was researching for his memoir.
“Bob only found the letter this year, in an unopened envelope, which fell from a book during Bob’s research for The Last Crocodile Hunter,” Allen & Unwin, the publisher of the memoir wrote.
Steve Irwin’s dad Bob will release tell-all book next month! He found this note from Steve,aged 32, when researching pic.twitter.com/XPtixmtGvR
— Peter Ford (@mrpford) September 1, 2016
Steve Irwin was 44-years-old when he was pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming an underwater documentary in north Queensland in 2006.
His legacy lives on through wife Terri, daughter Bindi and son Robert.
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