Steve Irwin's letter to father Bob resurfaces amid family feud

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    The Irwins are currently locked in a bitter family feud involving the late Steve Irwin’s father, Bob.

    But things weren’t always this way, with a personal letter that Steve wrote to his parents in 1994 recirculating online this week.

    In the letter, Steve, who was 32 at the time, praised his parents for giving him strength.

    Kind words: A sweet letter than Steve Irwin wrote to his parents in 1994 has resurfaced among the Irwin family feud

    Kind words: A sweet letter than Steve Irwin wrote to his parents in 1994 has resurfaced among the Irwin family feud 

    ‘At 32, I am finally starting to figure it out. In good times and in bad, you were there. Your strength and endurance to raise me will not go unrewarded. My love for you is my strength!’ he gushed.

    ‘For the rest of my life I will reflect on the unbelievably GREAT times we’ve shared and will continue to share. You’re my best friends!’

    The letter, which first surfaced online back in 2016, has been making the rounds again amid the Irwin family feud. 

    Touching: In the letter, Steve, who was 32 at the time, praised his parents for giving him strength

    Touching: In the letter, Steve, who was 32 at the time, praised his parents for giving him strength

    The feud involves 82-year-old conservationist Bob Irwin – the father of the late Steve Irwin – and his granddaughter Bindi, 22, who claims he has ‘ignored’ her since she was a child.

    The rift dates back to early 2008 when Bob was pushed out of Australia Zoo – which he had founded as Beerwah Reptile Park in 1970 – over a disagreement with Steve’s widow Terri about how the business should be run. 

    At the time, he received a $1million package plus a $100,000-per-year pension. 

    Making headlines: The letter comes amid a bitter family feud involving 82-year-old conservationist Bob Irwin (pictured) - the father of the late Steve Irwin - and his granddaughter Bindi, 22, who claims he has'ignored' her since she was a child

    Making headlines: The letter comes amid a bitter family feud involving 82-year-old conservationist Bob Irwin (pictured) – the father of the late Steve Irwin – and his granddaughter Bindi, 22, who claims he has ‘ignored’ her since she was a child 

    An earlier financial arrangement had been reached in 1992 when Bob and his first wife, Lyn, handed over ownership of the zoo to son Steve and daughter-in-law Terri.

    Because Steve and Terri were unable to afford the $300,000 required to purchase Australia Zoo, they instead agreed to a retirement package for Bob and Lyn whereby they would pay them a wage for the rest of their lives.

    Lyn died in the year 2000 in a single-vehicle accident. 

    An Australia Zoo spokesperson said in 2008: ‘Australia Zoo, under instruction from Terri Irwin, will continue to provide financial assistance to Bob with a retirement package worth over $1million, plus an ongoing annual pension of $99,840 per year.

    Agreement: The rift dates back to 2008 when Bob was pushed out of Australia Zoo - which he had founded as Beerwah Reptile Park in 1970 - over a disagreement with Steve's widow Terri about how the business should be run. Pictured: Steve, Terri and Bindi Irwin in 2002

    Agreement: The rift dates back to 2008 when Bob was pushed out of Australia Zoo – which he had founded as Beerwah Reptile Park in 1970 – over a disagreement with Steve’s widow Terri about how the business should be run. Pictured: Steve, Terri and Bindi Irwin in 2002

    ‘The $1million package includes the purchase of Mr Irwin’s 632-hectare property near Kingaroy, and the construction of a new home, a car each for him and his [second] wife [Judy] plus a bulldozer and other equipment.’

    Australia Zoo was opened by Bob and Lyn Irwin in 1970 under the name Beerwah Reptile and Fauna Park.

    Their son Steve and his American wife, Terri, eventually transformed the wildlife park into the modern Australia Zoo.

    Bolstered by Steve’s television fame as ‘The Crocodile Hunter’, the park became an extremely popular tourist destination – but Bob Snr became disillusioned because he wanted it to remain focused on wildlife conservation.

    Terri became the sole owner of the zoo in September 2006 after Steve died aged 44 in a freak accident while filming a wildlife documentary in Batt Reef, Queensland.

    It comes after the Irwins’ daughter, Bindi, addressed her relationship with her estranged grandfather Bob in a scathing Facebook comment on Sunday, and claimed her family had been supporting Bob financially since 1992.

    Financial arrangement: At the time, Bob received a $1million package plus a $100,000-per-year pension. Pictured: Robert Jnr, Terri and Bindi Irwin

    Financial arrangement: At the time, Bob received a $1million package plus a $100,000-per-year pension. Pictured: Robert Jnr, Terri and Bindi Irwin

    The mother of one wrote: ‘I really wish that my entire family could spend time with Grace [her baby daughter]. Unfortunately, my grandfather Bob has shown no interest in spending time with me or my family.’

    She went on to claim that Bob had ‘returned gifts I’ve sent after he opened them’, and ignored any letters sent from her.

    ‘From the time I was a little girl he has ignored me, preferring to spend time doing anything else rather than being with me,’ she continued.

    ‘He has never said a single kind word to me personally. It breaks my heart.’

    She went on to say that her mother Terri still writes to him and sends birthday cards and Christmas gifts, but claims they have received no reply.

    Feud: It comes after the Irwins' daughter, Bindi, addressed her relationship with her estranged grandfather Bob in a scathing Facebook comment on Sunday, and claimed her family had been supporting Bob financially since 1992. Pictured: Bindi and her husband, Chandler Powell

    Feud: It comes after the Irwins’ daughter, Bindi, addressed her relationship with her estranged grandfather Bob in a scathing Facebook comment on Sunday, and claimed her family had been supporting Bob financially since 1992. Pictured: Bindi and her husband, Chandler Powell

    ‘We have also been his financial support since 1992 when he retired from Australia Zoo, sending him funds every week,’ she added.

    ‘We built him a house on a beautiful property and will always do our best to ensure his wellbeing.

    ‘I hope everyone remembers to be kind to one another but most of all care for your own mental health.

    ‘I have struggled with this relationship my entire life and it brings me enormous pain.’

    Claims: The mother of one wrote:'I really wish that my entire family could spend time with Grace [her baby daughter]. Unfortunately, my grandfather Bob has shown no interest in spending time with me or my family.'. Pictured from left: Bindi, Robert Jnr, Terri and Bob Snr in 2007, one year after Steve's death

    Claims: The mother of one wrote: ‘I really wish that my entire family could spend time with Grace [her baby daughter]. Unfortunately, my grandfather Bob has shown no interest in spending time with me or my family.’. Pictured from left: Bindi, Robert Jnr, Terri and Bob Snr in 2007, one year after Steve’s death

    Statement:'We have also been his financial support since 1992 when he retired from Australia Zoo, sending him funds every week,' Bindi said in her Facebook post.'We built him a house on a beautiful property and will always do our best to ensure his wellbeing'

    Statement: ‘We have also been his financial support since 1992 when he retired from Australia Zoo, sending him funds every week,’ Bindi said in her Facebook post. ‘We built him a house on a beautiful property and will always do our best to ensure his wellbeing’

    Following her harsh post, members of Bob’s inner circle fired back at Bindi.

    Bethany Wheeler, another granddaughter of Bob’s by marriage, declared on Facebook: ‘The time has come to speak up.’

    Ms Wheeler, whose stepmother Mandy is Bob’s daughter, defended her grandfather’s character, calling him ‘one of the most genuinely beautiful humans on this planet’ who has ‘never spoken out or put down anybody’.

    Amanda French, a family friend who co-wrote Bob’s 2016 autobiography The Last Crocodile Hunter, also accused Bindi of assassinating her grandfather’s character.

    ‘To read the sad comments online today has sickened me, and people who are closest to him,’ Ms French wrote on Facebook.

    She described Bob as ‘kind, gentle, generous and extremely f**king introverted’.

    'It has sickened me!' Following her post, members of Bob's inner circle have fired back at Bindi

    ‘It has sickened me!’ Following her post, members of Bob’s inner circle have fired back at Bindi 

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