Steve Irwin was widely beloved all over the world, and his memory is one that people cling on to fondly even to this day. Irwin’s close friend and “The Crocodile Hunter” producer John Stainton recently opened up about the moments leading up to his passing away.

Stainton recently appeared on the “I’ve Got News For You” podcast, where he had a conversation with host Andrew Bucklow about Irwin’s final days shooting the 2007 documentary “Ocean’s Deadliest.”

Stainton stated that he could tell that something was off, and his feelings were only strengthened after Irwin made a concerning speech to his crew.

A couple of days before we started the show, he made a little speech to all the crew that were up there catching crocs for his research trip — which I joined at the end with our crew. He was sort of thanking them all for being who they were and for helping him. It was like a finale speech.


Stainton revealed that he himself had had a “premonition” about his own death prior to shooting the documentary. All in all, it definitely sounds like there was an aura of ominousness surrounding the project.

Steve Irwin is still dearly missed by the whole world. That being said, there is some comfort to be found in the fact that his close friends believe he died “doing what he loved.”

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Abhishek Kar

Abhishek Kar is a freelance writer and a full-time pop culture enthusiast from India. In his spare time, he likes to paint.

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