Believe it or not, it's been nearly EIGHT YEARS since the tragic death of STEVE IRWIN, the "Crocodile Hunter," who was killed by a stingray while filming a series called "Ocean's Deadliest".


Now, Steve's cameraman Justin Lyons has revealed his last words, which he says were, quote, "I'm dying."  


Justin says they were in chest-deep water with the eight-foot-long stingray, and they were setting up a shot where Steve swims up behind it, and the stingray swims away.


He says that stingrays are usually "calm" animals, and would typically swim away from Steve.  But this one may have mistaken Steve's shadow for a tiger shark, so it attacked.


Justin goes on, quote, "It started stabbing wildly with its tail, hundreds of strikes within a few seconds . . . I panned with the camera as the stingray swam away.  I didn't even know it had caused any damage.


"It wasn't until I panned the camera back, [and saw] that Steve was standing in a huge pool of blood that I realized something had gone wrong."