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An emotional Robert Irwin fights back tears as he pays tribute to his late father Steve

Robert Irwin wiped back the tears as he paid tribute to his late father Steve during a live interview on the Australian Today show on Friday morning.

The 18-year-old became emotional when host Karl Stefanovic referred to a viral TikTok video that Robert had posted in honor of Father’s Day in the US

With tears in his eyes, Robert described the legendary crocodile hunter as a ‘superhero’ and ‘the greatest father on the planet’.

An emotional Robert Irwin (pictured) wiped away tears as he paid tribute to his late father Steve during a live interview on the Australian Today show on Friday morning

The TikTok video included videos for family recorded at home before Steve died in 2006, when Robert was just two years old.

Robert said of the compilation of the footage: ‘It was great. [It was] very, very emotional, even just searching through the old archives to find that footage.

‘It’s great for me, because every time I see a piece of footage or a photo I’ve never seen before, I get a story about Dad telling me … it gives me a little piece of him why.’

He became emotional when host Karl Stefanovic referred to a viral TikTok video that Robert had posted in honor of Father's Day in the US (Robert is pictured as a toddler with his father)

The 18-year-old became emotional when host Karl Stefanovic referred to a viral video that Robert had posted in honor of Father’s Day in the US (Robert is pictured as a toddler with his father)

Robert continued: ‘It means the absolute world. He was a superhero in every aspect of the word. He was the greatest father on the planet and it is the honor of my life to go through everything he started. Absolutely. ‘

Using Ed Sheeran’s song Photograph as the soundtrack, the video established the special father-son bond between Steve and Robert.

One clip showed the Australian conservationist looking at his boy like a newborn.

Robert said about compiling the footage: 'It's great for me, because every time I see a piece of footage or a photo I've never seen before, I get a story about Dad telling me something. . it gives me back a little piece of him '

Robert said about compiling the footage: ‘It’s great for me, because every time I see a piece of footage or a photo I’ve never seen before, I get a story about Dad telling me something. . it gives me back a little piece of him ‘

In another, Steve could be seen giving Robert a piggyback ride on his shoulders.

Also featured in the video was Bindi, now 23, Robert’s older sister.

‘Think of him and think of nothing but fun times,’ Robert said in his post.

Using Ed Sheeran's song Photograph as the soundtrack, the video established the special father-son bond between Steve and Robert

Using Ed Sheeran’s song Photograph as the soundtrack, the video established the special father-son bond between Steve and Robert

The montage, posted in honor of Father's Day in the US, featured videos for family recorded at home before Steve died in 2006 when Robert was just two years old

The montage, posted in honor of Father’s Day in the US, featured videos for family recorded at home before Steve died in 2006 when Robert was just two years old

One clip showed the Australian conservationist looking at his boy like a newborn

One clip showed the Australian conservationist looking at his boy like a newborn

Also featured in the video was Bindi, now 23, Robert's older sister

Also featured in the video was Bindi, now 23, Robert’s older sister

“I hope you all had a wonderful Father’s Day in the US, sending love to those who can not celebrate with their father.”

Steve, known to millions around the world as ‘The Crocodile Hunter’, died on September 4, 2006, at the age of 44 after being pierced in the chest by an arrowhead while filming a documentary in Batt Reef, Queensland.

After his death, Steve’s family, including his children Robert and Bindi, widow Terri, and son-in-law Chandler Powell, continued his conservation work at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast.

Steve Irwin (pictured with Mrs. Terri), known to millions around the world as 'the crocodile hunter', died on September 4, 2006, at the age of 44 after being stabbed in the chest by a stingray while filming a documentary in Batt Reef, Queensland

Steve Irwin (pictured with Mrs. Terri), known to millions around the world as ‘the crocodile hunter’, died on September 4, 2006, at the age of 44 after being stabbed in the chest by a stingray while filming a documentary in Batt Reef, Queensland

After his death, Steve's family, including his children Robert (right) and Bindi (second from left), widow Terri (second from right), and son-in-law Chandler Powell, (left) continued his conservation work at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast.

After his death, Steve’s family, including his children Robert (right) and Bindi (second from left), widow Terri (second from right), and son-in-law Chandler Powell, (left) continued his conservation work at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast.

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