It’s been over 10 years since the world lost the adventurous, brave Steve Irwin.
On September 4, 2006, Irwin died doing what he loved. He was attacked by a stingray in a freak accident while filming in Australia. A decade later, it’s his daughter, Bindi Irwin, who reminds us how much of a family man he was.
Bindi was just 8 years old when she lost her father. Now, at the age of 18, she posted a photo of her dad to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of his passing.
The photo shows Irwin holding his daughter in an epic “Lion King” pose. She captioned the photo, “You’ll be my hero for my entire existence. I love you more than words can describe.”
She’s been open about her struggles coping with his death. According to TODAY, she explained her frustration with the phrase “time heals all wounds” to Australia’s Sunday Style in 2015.
“There really isn’t a greater lie. It’s just not true. It’s like losing a part of your heart,” she said. “And when you’ve lost that, you never get it back. Part of you will always be missing. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with.”
But, it’s her love of the outdoors and the love of her family (she posts about them frequently) that surely would have made her father proud. And that’s something she can be proud of, too.
Like father, like daughter.