Steve Irwin's lost letter: "I'm starting to figure it out"
BEFORE he died, legendary Sunshine Coast crocodile hunter Steve Irwin had an epiphany.
At 32, he realised how much he owed to his parents Bob and Lyn. He also realised it had taken him far too long to work it out.
In a letter to his parents, he wrote:
Dear Dad + Mum,
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," he wrote.
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 has been revealed as Steve's father Bob prepares to release his memoir: "The Last Crocodile Hunter: A Father and Son Legacy".
According to Mr Irwin, the letter fell from a book he opened as he was researching his memoir.
This Sunday will mark 10 years since the legendary crocodile hunter was fatally struck by a stringray's barb in 2006, leaving his wife Terri a widow and his young children Bindi and Robert Irwin without their beloved dad.
Mr Irwin's book - which is co-written with Amanda French - will be released on October 16.