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Bindi pays tribute to dad Steve Irwin

AAP logoAAP 3/09/2016 Alexandra Patrikios

Steve Irwin was one of Australia's most charismatic and colourful sons.

But his untimely death after being struck by a stingray barb in waters off far north Queensland also robbed a family of a beloved father.

"You'll be my hero for my entire existence. I love you more than words can describe," his now-18-year-old daughter Bindi posted on Instagram on Sunday.

She accompanied her touching tribute with a picture of Steve, decked out in his trademark khaki, hoisting his infant daughter proudly in one hand.

Her words echoed the speech made a decade earlier, when she spoke movingly about her late father at a memorial service at Australia Zoo.

"My Daddy was my hero - he was always there for me when I needed him," the then eight-year-old Bindi said.

"He listened to me and taught me so many things but most of all he was fun."

At just 44, the seemingly tireless Crocodile Hunter died after being struck multiple times by a stingray barb while filming in waters off Port Douglas.

Then-prime minister John Howard described Irwin's sudden and freakish death as a "huge loss" to Australia as tributes flowed in from around the world.

The 10th anniversary of Irwin's death on Sunday coincides with Father's Day.

Australia Zoo is holding a Father's Day event but Bindi, her brother Robert and their mother Terri aren't expected to make an appearance.

The trio would not be at the wildlife park and were keeping their movements private on the day, an Australia Zoo spokeswoman said.

Bob Irwin has also chosen not to speak publicly about how he'll mark the 10th anniversary of his son's death.

Earlier this week, he announced he had penned a memoir, which contains a touching letter Steve wrote to his parents 12 years before he died.

The letter turned up while the 77-year-old was researching for the book The Last Crocodile Hunter: A Father and Son Legacy, due for release in October.

"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!" Irwin wrote in the letter.

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