STEVE Irwin’s family have completely fallen apart in a bitter family feud 13 years after his death, his sister has revealed.
The Crocodile Hunter star died in Batt Reef, Australia, after a stingray’s barb pierced his heart.
Shortly after his death in 2006, Steve’s older sister Joy Muscillo, claims his wife Terri and their kids, Robert and Bindi, have distanced themselves.
She claims it has taken her so long to speak out because of a confidentiality agreement.
But since it has lapsed, she told the Daily Mail she made a “personal decision”, to remain tight-lipped, before speaking out.
Yesterday, Joy, told the newspaper the state of her family’s current relationship is “just very sad”.
She added: “I keep away from all that. It’s just very said… family stuff.”
Hints of a row became apparent earlier this month, when Steve’s dad Bob Irwin, said he didn’t expect to be invited to his granddaughter Bindi’s wedding.
Bob and his wife Lyn, founded the family’s Beerwah Reptile Park, which later became Australia Zoo, in 1970.
Everyone deals with grief differently
Steve’s interest in animals became apparent after he started helping his parents care for the crocodiles and reptiles.
Joy also worked at the zoo, looking after the food court, and her husband was the general manager.
But in 2008, she claimed Frank was walked out” of the zoo by Terri.
Yesterday, Steve’s older sister Joy, told the Daily Mail their current relationship is “just very sad”.
She recalled an incident in 2008, when her husband Frank, was “walked out” of the zoo by Terri.
After this, she decided to leave the business with her adult children, the newspaper reported, and Bob, who founded the family business, soon followed.
Bindi previously commented on the family feud, when she walked on the red carpert for the AACTA Awards in Sydney.
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She reportedly said: “Everyone deals with grief differently.
“When my dad passed away he (Bob) chose to distance himself from everything that Dad loved the most.
“At the moment we’re really just respecting his wishes because he hasn’t had anything to do with us for a long time and he decided his own path.”
Bindi even claimed Bob rejected birthday presents from them on once occasion.
She said: “He opened them up and he sent them back.”
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