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Steve Irwin's daughter, Bindi Irwin, has been the victim of a death hoax this week, with news spreading like a wildfire on the Internet that the daughter of the late "Crocodile Hunter" had died.
However, those earlier reports proved to be false, and fans of the Irwin family were happy to find out that Bindi was indeed alive and well.
Previous reports had gone viral on the Internet, with news of her death becoming a hot search term across search engines on Friday June 15. The reports suggested that the 14 year old daughter of the famous and much-loved "Crocodile Hunter" had died
According to the Social News Daily, the phrase "Bindi Irwin Dead" became a trend across search engines as searches for "Steve Irwin Daughter" got mixed in with searches for death hoaxes. The result was that many put two and two together and came up with five, creating wild rumors about her death. The website suggested the mistake was a "trends hiccup."
According to The Huffington Post, many people were searching for information on Irwin's daughter as her new movie "Return to Nim's Island" was released on DVD recently. However, some search engines matched up those searches for queries about the death of her father in 2006. When those two search results were combined it gave a distorted image of the actual news, and a trend term was created with the words "Steve Irwin Daughter Dies."
However, Bindi Irwin took the death hoax in her stride, and on Friday she posted a photo onto her Instagram account with a shot of the beach and the words "Unconditional Love" scrawled into the sand.
Of course, Bindi's father, Steve Irwin – who was a famous crocodile wrestling TV personality, also known for his wildlife expertise and conservationist views – died in September 2006 when he was stung through the chest by a large Sting Ray. He died at the age of just 44.
Here is a recent interview with Steve Irwin's daughter, Bindi Irwin: