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Steve Irwin's dad slams gruesome tale of dying moments

STEVE Irwin's father Bob has criticised the cameraman who detailed his son's dying moments, saying it was the last thing the family wanted to revisit.

Bob Irwin told News Corp he had refused the opportunity to watch the video of the fatal stingray attack and never would.

He accused cameraman Justin Lyons of trying to 'make some money' out of recounting the Crocodile Hunter's death in 2006 on national television.

"My personal view of that is he needs to mind his own business and leave it alone," Mr Irwin said from his home and nature refuge near Kingaroy.

"He just wants to make some money and if I had the opportunity of speaking to him face to face I'd tell him to mind his own business and leave it alone.''

Mr Lyons told how Irwin was stabbed repeatedly by the stingray's foot-long barb during the trip filming a nature documentary called Ocean's Deadliest on the Great Barrier Reef in 2006.

"Stingrays are normally very calm - if they don't want you to be near them, they'll swim away," Lyons said this week on Channel 10.

"We stood up and said, 'One last shot. You swim up from behind the animal and I'll try to get a shot of it swimming away'.

"All of a sudden it propped on its front and started stabbing wildly with its tail. Hundreds of strikes in a few seconds."

Irwin apparently thought that the barb had punctured his lung when they dragged his body from the water and threw him back onto the inflatable boat.

"We assessed the situation for about five seconds. He had a two-inch injury over his heart with blood coming out of it.

"He was in extraordinary pain - they've got a venom on their barb, so I knew it must've been painful."

As the team raced Irwin back to the shore, Lyons attempted to focus his attention on his children to keep him fighting for his life.

"He just sort of calmly looked up at me and said, 'I'm dying'. And that was the last thing he said," he continued.

 Lyons said it was his desire for the gruesome footage never to be released.

"Out of respect for his family, I would say never."

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