Officials revealed on Tuesday that Steve Irwin's final moments were caught on camera. Video footage was shot of the "Crocodile Hunter" pulling out a sharp barb from his chest after a stingray had attacked him. One second he was here, and the next second he was gone.
According to Yahoo.com, police say there was nothing suspicious about Steve's death nor did they conclude that the nature enthusiast provoked the sea creature while on a diving expedition Monday morning off the coast of Australia.
John Stainton, Steve's manager, described seeing the footage as a "terrible" experience of watching a friend die.
"It shows that Steve came over the top of the ray and the tail came up, and spiked him here (in the chest), and he pulled it out and the next minute he's gone," said Stainton.
Michael Keating, Queensland State Police Superintendent, said there was no indication that Steve had provoked or intimidated the stingray. Many experts agree that the stingray most likely felt trapped between the wild life conservationist and the cameraman.
Steve's wife, Terri, and two young children, Bindi Sue and Bob, returned to the Sunshine Coast on Monday after a trekking vacation in Tasmania. No word has been said as to how the family is coping.
Funeral plans have yet to be announced, however, state Premier Peter Beattie said Irwin's family would be granted a state funeral if they want one.
The Discovery Channel announced to have a marathon showing of Steve's wild life programs that helped raise the star to fame across the world. They also hope to establish a wildlife fund in his name.
"Rarely has the world embraced an animal enthusiast and conservationist as they did Steve Irwin," said Discovery Networks International President Dawn McCall.