Irwin memorial coming to DVD

When Steve Irwin's death was caught on film, his manager and friend John Stainton assured the world he would not let it be released for public consumption.

"I would never want that tape shown," Stainton told talk-show host Larry King. "It should be destroyed."

Wednesday's memorial ceremony was broadcast live in the US on Animal Planet to an audience of 90 million, as well as across Australia and parts of Asia. Stainton now says the ceremony may be released on DVD.

"We have been discussing [a DVD release]," a Stainton spokesperson told The Sydney Morning Herald.

Irwin died on September 4 while swimming near The Great Barrier Reef when a giant bull stingray lashed out with its tail, piercing him in the heart.

Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Australian folk singer John Williamson joined thousands of Irwin fans in the Queensland zoo Crocoseum, while videotaped tributes were played from Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Cameron Diaz, and Justin Timberlake. The zoo staff spelled out Irwin's catchphrase "crikey" in yellow flowers.

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Steve Irwin was a great man. First and foremost he was a conservationist. All his money that he earnt through the Crocodile Hunter was funnelled back into his Zoo and protecting wildlife by buying pockets of land to help stem the wildlife loss through deforestation. I urge people not to make false judgements(like many have expressed below me).
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I also feel sorry for the family - but him not really, he always "teased" the animals and this might just be their revenge.

I would NEVER take my baby daughter into a cage with crocs - in all his shows it was more about HIM than the animals.

I prefer Jeff Corwin. He's funny AND its all about the animals...
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R.I.P Steve Irwin you will always be in our hearts.
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i wanted to see the death for curiosity its probably just that, but its sad he died.
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it was a wonderful and beautiful fueral. if and when it comes out on dvd, i'll definetly buy it. i hope the $ made from it goes to the zoo and steve's family.
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i feel real sorry for his family. he definately had a dangerous occupation.
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