Steve Irwin Daughter Dies Isn't True – It's a 'Trending' Hoax

Image: Steve Irwin Daughter Dies Isn't True – It's a 'Trending' Hoax Bindi Irwin, alive and well.

Friday, 14 Jun 2013 12:37 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Steve Irwin's daughter Bindi is not dead, despite what many Internet search engines might be saying.

For days, the term "Steve Irwin daughter dies," has been trending online leading to false rumors that the 14-year-old daughter of the late wildlife expert and TV personality died.

Bindi is actually very much alive, having on Thursday posted a video of a recent trip to Hong Kong on Twitter.

The apparently unintentional false rumor, which found its way to mainstream news websites such as MSN, was apparently caused by internet aggregators who combined trending terms with old news.

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Interest in the young Irwin was reportedly sparked by her new film "Return to Nim's Island," and a January spat she had with Hillary Clinton over an essay Bindi wrote regarding the world's population.

Rather than type in "Bindi Irwin," most searching for information on the 14-year-old apparently typed in "Steve Irwin Daughter," according to online news sources.

Due to the fact that her father's name, and not hers, was referred to in most of the internet searches, there was an automatic link to his untimely passing, resulting in the cruel, yet unintentional rumor.

Steve Irwin died in September 2006 while snorkeling at the Batt Reef near Port Douglas, Queensland, when a stingray pierced him in the chest with its tail spine. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

At the time the incident occurred, Irwin was reportedly filming a scene for Bindi's television show "Bindi the Jungle Girl."

Irwin's death was the first fatality from a sting ray captured on film, Reuters reported.

Bindi, who was only 8 when her father died, has followed in her father's footsteps and is currently serving as a wildlife conservationist and an attendant of the Australian Zoo, where she lives.

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"We literally live right in the middle of the Australia zoo, and that is really wonderful in itself," Bindi recently told reporters. "But it's also great because anyone who comes to visit us gets to experience a family of animals and keepers, and really take something with them. They end up having a greater appreciation of wildlife - and that's what it's all about, for me."

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