Video of Steve Irwin's death destroyed: Widow
New York, Jan 13: The only video of Australian ''CrocodileHunter'' Steve Irwin's fatal encounter with a stingray has beendestroyed, according to his widow.
Irwin, 44, died on September 4 last year after a stingray'sserrated barb pierced his heart while he was filming under water offAustralia's coast.
Australian authorities last week said that they had completed aninvestigation into Irwin's death and, to ensure it is never madepublic, destroyed all but one copy of a tape showing Irwin's death.
The incident was captured by the documentary crew of ''Ocean'sDeadliest'', the Discovery wildlife special Irwin was filming at thetime of his death.
This video was handed to his widow, Terri Irwin, who told TV's''Access Hollywood'' in an interview being aired on Thursday a daybefore that she had now destroyed this footage.
''There's standard protocols for examining certain evidence andthat's no longer necessary,'' she told ''Access Hollywood.'' Askedwhether she kept the video returned to her, she said, ''Oh no, allfootage has been destroyed.'' But while the video of his death has beendestroyed, footage from the rest of the shoot will make its debut in aone-off special on The Discovery Channel and Animal Planet on January21 with a two-hour showing of ''Ocean's Deadliest.'' ''We're very proudthat Steve's last documentary is going to air and that's his lastfootage with wildlife,'' said his widow.
Terri Irwin and the couple's eight-year-old daughter Bindi will bein the United States when the show is broadcast, where the youngster iskicking off her US show business career and promoting her own upcomingDiscovery kids wildlife series, ''Bindi, The Jungle Girl.'' In a seriesof US television interviews this week, Bindi spoke about the sadness oflosing her father and her determination to pursue a career in showbusiness, despite criticisms that her advisers were rushing her intothe limelight.
''I want to make him the proudest dad to have me and I want toshow everybody, and nearly be as good as him because he was the best,''Bindi told CNN host Larry King.