WILDLIFE warrior Robert Irwin and his girlfriend Rorie Buckey have been dubbed Australia’s “cutest” couple, but both have tragic pasts.
The loved-up couple publicly announced their relationship at a red carpet event in Sydney last month.
Fans flocked to their respective social media to leave comments about the inspiration they found in the two teenagers.
Below an image shared by Rorie Of the couple’s release of a sea turtle, one person wrote: “The work you all do is absolutely incredible and truly inspiring.”
Australian actor Hugh Sheridan also couldn’t help but comment on the couple: “I can’t even, two of the absolute sweetest people ever!!!”
But while most Australians are familiar with it Roberts heartbreak afterwards He loses his famous “crocodile hunter” father SteveRories is less well known.
Rorie is the niece of globally popular Perth-born actor Heath Ledger died tragically suffered an accidental drug overdose in 2008 at the age of 28.
He starred in Brokeback Mountain and 10 Things I Hate About You and played the Joker in The Dark Knight.
Police said he died from accidental misuse of prescription medications, including painkillers, anti-anxiety medications and sleeping pills.
He had an older sister named Kate – Rorie’s mother, with whom he was very close – and two half-sisters.
Previously, Kate was an actress turned publicist said Who Magazine: “Health is extremely important in my children’s lives.
“Not a day goes by that we don’t tell stories or talk about him. He’s very much alive.”.”
Despite his early death, Heath’s influence on cinema and performance lives on.
He said in 2006: “You know when you see the preachers down south? And they grab a believer and say, ‘Bwoom! I touch you with the hand of God!’ And they believe so strongly that they lie on the floor shaking and spitting… Well, I don’t believe in Jesus, but I believe in my performance.
“And if you understand that the power of faith is one of the great tools of our time and that a lot of acting comes from that, you can do anything.”
Robert’s father Steve died in 2006, aged 44, while filming the television series Ocean’s Deadliest on Batt Reef in Queensland.
He was snorkeling in shallow water when he was stung by a stingray and died from excessive bleeding.
His legacy continues through the conservation work of Australia Zoo, his wife Terri and his two children Robert and Bindi.
Fans of Ledger and Steve have shared their joy at seeing their young relatives connect.
One person said: “An Irwin and a Ledger. The universe can be damn beautiful sometimes.”