Nearly a decade after his son's death, Steve Irwin's father is furious at the cameraman who broke a pact of silence regarding the Crocodile Hunter's final moments.When the 44-year-old wildlife expert was killed during the production of a documentary in 2006, his family and friends apparently made a pact never to air the footage or discuss the event publicly. During an interview that aired on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Monday, Irwin's father, Bob Irwin, spoke out against cameraman Justin Lyons who broke that promise.
"I personally felt very sad and to a degree angry about what Justin had to say," he told ABC.
Lyons described the gory details of Irwin's death, in an interview with Studio 10 last year.
"All of a sudden [a stingray] propped on its front and started stabbing wildly with its tail, hundreds of strikes in a few seconds," Lyons described. "It wasn't until I panned the camera back [and saw] that Steve was standing in a huge pool of blood that I realised something had gone wrong."
Lyons was the first member of the Crocodile Hunter's crew to discuss Irwin's death publicly.
"For a lot of people trying to get on with their lives without Steve -- it wasn't something that helped by any means," said Bob Irwin.
In Monday night's "Australian Story" broadcast, Irwin's father and the rest of his family and friends discuss Irwin's extraordinary life and moving on after his tragic death. The filming was the first time they were all together in eight years.