VIDEO: Cameraman reveals dying Steve Irwin's final words
THE man who was filming Steve Irwin the moment he was fatally wounded has spoken for the first time on the Crocodile Hunter's death.
Justin Lyons was underwater with Irwin on September 4, 2006 when the Wildlife Warrior was pierced in the chest by a stringray barb.
This morning, he spoke with Channel 10's Studio 10 about his friend's final moments.
"He sort of calmly looked up at me, and said 'I'm dying.' And that was the last thing he said," Lyons told Ita Buttrose and Jessica Rowe.
"We had this rule that whenever Steve was hurt or injured, that we'd keep filming no matter what.
"Another cameraman on board filmed the CPR experience. He said to me after that it was his way of coping and because he thought Steve would wake up."
Since the accident, Mr Lyons has gone on to create the documentary, E-Motion, which explores the effects of emotional trauma and how science and alternative medicines are combatting the issue.
According to crocodilehunter.com.au, Stephen Robert Irwin was born to Lyn and Bob Irwin on 22 February, 1962, in upper Fern Tree Gully, Victoria.
He moved with his parents and two sisters to Beerwah, Queensland, where his folks opened the Beerwah Reptile and Fauna Park in 1970.
In the 1980s Steve spent months on end living in the most remote areas of far North Queensland catching problem crocodiles before they ended up shot by a poacher's bullet. He worked with his little dog, Sui, and developed crocodile capture and management techniques that are now utilised with crocodilians around the world.
In 1991 Steve took over managing the wildlife park and met Terri Rains, a visiting tourist, on 6 October. Steve and Terri were married in Eugene, Oregon, on 4 June 1992 at the Methodist church Terri's grandmother used to attend.
Instead of a honeymoon, the couple embarked on filming a wildlife documentary with John Stainton from the 'Best Picture Show' company.The show was so successful it turned into a series and the Crocodile Hunter was born.
After Steve's parents retired in the 1992 Steve worked tirelessly to improve and expand his wildlife park. Re-naming it Australia Zoo in 1998, Steve's vision for the world's best Zoo was coming to fruition. In July 2006 Steve set out his ten year business plan for his beloved zoo.