Gone, but never forgotten. Bindi Irwin took to Instagram on Saturday, Feb. 22, to honor her late father Steve Irwin on what would’ve been his 58th birthday. Alongside a precious throwback photo of the father/daughter duo, where the former Crocodile Hunter star is seen laughing with his pint-sized mini-me, the 21-year-old shared a heartfelt note.
“Dad, Today is your birthday,” she began, before listing all of the little things she did in an effort to remember him on his special day.
“I had an extra strong cup of tea just how you liked it. I hugged Mum for you and told her how much we love her. Robert and I went on a hike through the mountains you cherished. I watched one of your documentaries with Chandler and shared stories about you. I walked through your office in the zoo and smiled at our old family photographs,” she wrote.
“Today and every day I miss you and love you beyond description. You’re always with me,” she continued.
Irwin’s wife Terri also paid tribute to her late husband by taking to her Twitter page and sharing a series of photos along with a sincere caption. “Today would’ve been Steve’s 58th birthday. While my heart aches missing him every day, I’m determined to celebrate what he loved the most,” she wrote, adding that he was happiest while spending time at the zoo with Bindi and her brother, Robert Irwin.
Today would’ve been Steve’s 58th birthday. While my heart aches missing him every day, I’m determined to celebrate what he loved the most. He was happiest spending time @AustraliaZoo w/ @BindiIrwin & @RobertIrwin. He was my best friend, best dad, & built the best Zoo. I love you. pic.twitter.com/IWsoWuJqxY
— Terri Irwin (@TerriIrwin) February 22, 2020
Irwin sadly passed away at age 44 in 2006 after being pierced by a stingray barb off the coast of northern Australia.