Steve Irwin's chilling prediction before death

Steve Irwin.
Steve Irwin. Photo credit: File

Steve Irwin's widow has revealed her husband eerily predicted his life would be cut short early.

The Australian wildlife celebrity died in 2006 after a stingray barb pierced his heart while he was filming a documentary in Queensland.

Terri Irwin told Australia's ABC her husband never thought he would have a long life, but instead would die doing what he loved.

"He always kind of had this sense his life would be cut short."

Tragically, he had been considering stepping away from TV to focus on his family before his death.

"I remember him saying to me 'I don't think I'm going to film anymore, I think I'm just going to spend time with my kids,'" she said.

Irwin was in Tasmania with her children when the news of her husband's death broke, having left him in Queensland to film.

"I remember him at the airstrip waving goodbye. That was the last time we saw him," she said.

"Those were the days when communication wasn't as good. There wasn't much in range in Tasmania. I got to our destination for the night and they said 'you need to call your zoo manager'."

She said she felt an incredible sense of responsibility once she got the news and her husband would have been blown away by the support the family received after his death.

No one would've been more surprised than Steve at the outpouring at grief and love," she said.

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