300 million viewers watch 'Croc Hunter' Steve Irwin's memorial service
UPI News Service, 09/20/2006
A memorial service for Steve "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin at the Australia Zoo's "Crocoseum" drew a crowd of about 5,000 fans as millions saw it worldwide.
An estimated 300 million people tuned into Wednesday's star-studded service on their televisions, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.
Irwin's wife, Terri, sat in the stands with the couple's two-year-old son, Bob, but did not address the crowd in Beerwah. She left that to her eight-year-old daughter, Bindi, who had the audience cheering when she spoke about her late father in a way that only a child can.
"My daddy was my hero -- he was always there for me when I needed him," she said. "We filmed together, caught crocodiles together, loved being in the bush together. I don't want daddy's passion ever to end. I want to help endangered wildlife just like he did."
Prime Minister John Howard praised Irwin's "quality of being genuine, being authentic" and his "great zest for life."
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