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  • 10 March 2014, 16:42

Steve Irwin's Dying Moments Revealed On Camera

The cameraman who filmed the death of Steve Irwin has revealed how the Australian "Crocodile Hunter" was stabbed "100 times" by a stingray within seconds.

Irwin, famous for his daring stunts with dangerous animals, was filming a documentary on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland in 2006 when he died.

Justin Lyons was shooting the footage with the 44-year-old TV personality and conservationist when the pair came across an 8ft-wide stingray in chest-high waters.

Speaking for the first time about Irwin's death, Mr Lyons told of how the final shot was to be of the flat marine fish swimming away from Irwin when it all went tragically wrong.

The pair had just left their main boat in an inflatable to find something to film when they spotted the stingray.

"I had the camera on, I thought this is going to be a great shot, and all of sudden it propped on its front and started stabbing wildly, hundreds of strikes in a few seconds," Mr Lyons told Australia's Channel Ten.

"I panned with the camera as the stingray swam away and I didn't know it had caused any damage. It was only when I panned the camera back that I saw Steve standing in a huge pool of blood that I realised something had gone wrong."

Stingrays have several sharp and venomous barbs on their tails that they use to defend themselves when they feel threatened.

Mr Lyons denied reports that a barb had stuck in Irwin's chest and he pulled it out.

"It's a jagged barb and it went through his chest like a hot knife through butter," he said.

"He had a two-inch-wide injury over his heart with blood and fluid coming out of it and we had to get him back to the boat as fast as we can.

"I was saying to him things like 'think of your kids Steve, hang on, hang on, hang on', and he calmly looked up at me and said 'I'm dying' and that was the last thing he said."

Footage of the tragic death was later handed to Irwin's widow Terri and has never been aired.

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