Although the wildlife world has been in mourning since Steve Irwin died in 2006, there are some who would choose to believe that he might actually still be kicking around.
It comes down to money of course, with a judge reportedly ruling that his daughter Bindi will have to prove her father is dead, before she can be awarded her pay for US show Dancing With The Stars.
The 17-year-old’s father, wildlife expert Steve Irwin, was killed in 2006 after being attacked by a stingray while snorkeling near Queensland, Australia.
But a new report claims a court judge is demanding proof that the ‘Crocodile Hunter’ is dead, before his daughter can claim her pay for Dancing With The Stars, which is reported to be at least AU$322,000.
The report states that lawyers for the show submitted a minor’s contract to an LA Superior Court judge, a required procedure as Bindi is a minor at 17.
Bindi’s mother Terri signed a form stating she gives up all rights to any money her daughter will earn from the hit show, but TMZ claim the judge also asked for the same release from Bindi’s dad.
According to the report, without proof of Steve giving up his rights to Bindi’s money, the judge ruled that ‘the court is unable to find that it is in the best interest of the minor to be bound by the terms of the contract.’