Late Australian conservationist Steve Irwin has finally received his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony, which took place on Thursday, April 26, was a very emotional moment for his widow, Terri Irwin, and their two children, Bindi Irwin and Robert Irwin, as all three struggled to hold back tears during the event.
Also present at the ceremony was 19-year-old Bindi’s boyfriend of two years, Chandler Powell, and in true Steve fashion, a giant python, which could be seen slithering over the Hollywood Star, additionally attended, Bindi’s speech was the real tear-jerker of the day, however, as she reflected that her father would have loved the ceremony.
“We want to make sure everything he lived and died for continues on into the future,” she began. Bindi’s composure shook and she apologized for getting emotional before hugging her mother, who stood by her side. Later, both Terri and Bindi opened up about the special day.
“I’ll remember today forever. Such an emotional moment and beautiful chapter in our lives,” Bindi wrote on Instagram. Terri also told a local news outlet, “Really, [this is] a culmination of a lot of work from a lot of people who believe that Steve should totally get this recognition.
So how did Steve become the 2,635th person to receive his well-deserved star on the Walk of Fame? Terri revealed that her dear friend Russell Crowe penned a letter to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the institution that bestows the stars. “As we get ready to unveil Dad’s Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, sending hugs and tremendous gratitude to @RussellCrowe. Your letter of support helped make this all possible. You’ve been there since the beginning and will always feel like family,” Bindi wrote on Instagram to thank the family’s friend for his support.