Eleven years since the tragic death of Steve Irwin, a US doctor now makes an extraordinary claim that the crocodile hunter ‘didn’t have to die.”
Steve Irwin had died after a stingray barb pierced his heart.
Dr Gabe Mirkin, questioned the circumstances around the death of the 44-year-old presenter after viewing the footage of his final moments, Woman’s Day reported.
According to the doctor, the animal enthusiast could have been saved if he had not hastily pulled the stingray barb from his chest.
Speaking to RadarOnline, he said that the stingray tray effectively acted as a plug and the moment he removed it, he bled to death.
His comments, have allegedly left Steve Irwin’s wife Terri, ‘going through hell’.
Steve Irwin died while filming a documentary on the ocean’s deadliest creatures on the Gold Coast in 2006.
According to Steve's cameraman Justin Lyon, who witnessed the wildlife expert being fatally stabbed by a stingray hundreds of times in a few seconds, Irwin’s last words were “I’m dying”.
They had finished filming their final shot when the 2.4 metre ray suddenly struck out.
The stingray attack and medical treatment were all captured on film, but have never been released.
Steve Irwin was survived by wife Terri, son Robert and daughter Bindi.