The late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, is set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame 11 years after his death.
Steve’s wife Terri Irwin said the star is an “incredible honour for our family”, and that herself, and their daughter Bindi and son Bob will attend the April 26 ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard.
“Steve would have been so chuffed. He was always such a proud Australian,” she said in a statement on Wednesday.
“We will celebrate Steve’s legacy and continue to protect wildlife and wild places.”
Irwin’s best mate and director of Australia Zoo and Wildlife Warriors, Wes Mannion, will co-emcee the ceremony.
Irwin became a global star for his crocodile wrangling exploits and wildlife conservation efforts.
The world was shocked on September 4, 2006, when the 44-year-old was killed by a stingray while filming on the Great Barrier Reef near Port Douglas.
Wildlife warriors from around the world will attend the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner on May 5 in Beverly Hills to celebrate his life and legacy.
In February, the Crocodile Hunter family announced it would follow in Steve’s footsteps with their new show, Everything Irwins, on Animal Planet.
Bindi shared never-before-seen footage of her father on social media, showing Steve growing emotional as he talks about his children carrying on his legacy.
My first time watching this footage was only a few days ago. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to describe the amount of emotion in my heart once the video ended. My dad. My superhero. I promise to do my best to make you proud and ensure your legacy lives on forever. A new chapter in our lives has begun as we embark on this journey with Animal Planet. There is so much on the horizon. We can’t wait to share our story as a family ❤️🐊 #WildlifeWarriors
Posted by Bindi Irwin on Sunday, February 4, 2018
Asked if there was anything that would make him give up his job, he said “Yes, when my children can take the football that I call wildlife conservation and run it up.”
“When they’re ready to run up our mission I wil gladly step aside and I guarantee you it will the proudest moment of my life.
“Then and only then will I know I have achieved my ultimate goal to be able – to stand aside and let them run up my mission.”
Bindi said in the post it was her first time watching the footage, saying “I don’t think I’ll ever be able to describe the amount of emotion in my heart once the video ended”.
“My dad. My superhero. I promise to do my best to make you proud and ensure your legacy lives on forever.
“A new chapter in our lives has begun as we embark on this journey with Animal Planet. There is so much on the horizon. We can’t wait to share our story as a family.”