Funeral for Steve Irwin 'by Monday at latest'

A private funeral for “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin will be held in the next two days, his manager, John Stainton, said today.

A private funeral for “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin will be held in the next two days, his manager, John Stainton, said today.

Irwin, 44, killed in a stingray attack last Monday, is to be buried at an as-yet undecided location in a ceremony attended by his family and closest friends.

“We are having a private family service in the next two or three days, by Monday” at the latest, Stainton told CNN’s Larry King in an interview from Brisbane.

“Then we’ll start planning the memorial service which will be open to members of the public.”

Stainton also said Irwin’s wife, American-born Terri, and his children were coping “quite well” with the death.

“Terri is very, very strong. She’s having a lot of sad moments obviously, but she’s putting on a brave face for the kids’ sake,” he said.

The Irwins have two children, Bindi, eight, and Bob, two.

One venue mentioned for the public memorial service, expected to be held in the next 10 days, is a 52,000-seat sports stadium in Brisbane, the nearby capital of Queensland state.

Irwin could have had a formal state funeral offered by Australian prime minister John Howard. Instead, Irwin’s father, Bob, said his son would have preferred a smaller, private funeral.

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