Decency wins out! The video of the Croc Hunter’s Labor Day demise has been destroyed.
Video footage showing tragic Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin dying from a stingray barb to the chest has been destroyed now it's no longer needed by investigators. The footage of Irwin's last moments on 4 September last year was used in a police report and coroner's investigation into his death, but the original copy has now been returned to widow Terri Irwin and all other copies have been destroyed. The tape, reportedly showing Irwin snorkeling above the stingray before it whipped its tail into him, had reportedly been the subject of a million dollar bidding war from several websites. Irwin's manager John Stainton said, "Anything to do with the day that he died, that film is not available." Michael Barnes, the Australian coroner investigating the case, insisted he'd taken "all possible steps to ensure something of such a personal and tragic nature did not fall into the wrong hands".
Score one for the good guys!
The sad thing regarding this whole incident is that the release of the deadly video was even an issue. Are we so starved for entertainment in this society that people feel the need to exploit the death of someone who was, in addition to being an entertainer, a loving husband and father?
Certainly Terri Irwin and her two young children deserve better.