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Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 September 2006, 11:32 GMT 12:32 UK
Irwin death film 'will never air'
Terri and Steve Irwin
Terri and Steve Irwin were married in 1992 and had two children

Footage of Australian naturalist Steve Irwin's death will never be broadcast, his widow Terri has said in her first interview since his 4 September death.

"What purpose would that serve?" she asked presenter Barbara Walters in an interview with US programme 20/20.

"Crocodile Hunter" Irwin was killed by a stingray during a diving expedition off the Australian coast.

His wife, however, insisted his death was just a "stupid" accident - "like running with a pencil".

The American-born Irwin said she would continue to work in the field of wildlife conservation and was coping with her grief "one minute at a time".

The pre-recorded interview will be broadcast in the US and Australia on Wednesday.

'Masterfully planned'

The 42-year-old mother of two said her late husband knew he would not live a long life.

Terri Irwin with daughter Bindi (l) and son Bob (r)
Irwin (centre) was not with her husband at the time of his death
"He'd talk about it often," she said. "But it wasn't because of any danger from wildlife. He just felt life could be dangerous."

She also pledged to maintain the Australia Zoo in Beerwah, Queensland, which she co-owned with her late husband.

"He planned all of that masterfully," she continued. "He planned this wonderful business so that it could continue if anything happened to him."

Plans are in place to rename the road that runs past the zoo Steve Irwin Way by the end of the year.

Queensland state leader Peter Beattie said it would be "the first step in helping to build a lasting memorial" to the exuberant TV personality.


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