There has been an outpouring of shock and grief from fans online after news broke that former Home and Away actor Ben Unwin had tragically died at the age of 41.
The Australian star played Jesse McGregor on the popular soap from 1996–2000 and then 2002–2005.
As the news spread across social media, people shared messages and tributes for the actor.
Fans share devastation and shock
“That’s very sad. [He] used to be a fave back in the day. Tragic news,” one fan wrote on Facebook.
“NO.. Not Jessie from Home and Away. I loved him ❤❤😥😥 Rest in Peace Ben,” another wrote.
“This is so so sad..My thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP Ben,” was a third comment.
“Oh wow. I met him years ago. He was such a nice guy,” another added.
One person wrote: “Bloody amazing great actor, condolence.”
Co-stars speak out
Ben’s Home And Away co-stars have also posted heartfelt messages on social media following news of his passing.
“I just woke up to the tragic news of Ben’s passing, my heart goes out to his family,” the 42-year-old told Yahoo Lifestyle.
Her character Leah Patterson-Baker had a brief romance with Ben’s character Jesse McGregor on the popular TV soap.
Former castmate Lynne McGranger, who plays Irene Roberts, described it as a “terrible tragedy”.
"Deepest condolences to his friends and family," she said.
Meanwhile Kimberley Cooper, who played Gypsy Smith on the show, reminisced about their “giggles on set”.
“You forever hold a special place in my heart. Love you Onion,” she added.
In an official statement obtained by Yahoo Lifestyle, Channel 7 said:
“Cast and crew from Home and Away are saddened to learn of the passing of former castmate, Ben Unwin”.
“Ben’s work in the role of Jesse McGregor is remembered with much affection. Ben’s family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers,” the statement read.
‘No other way’
Dan took to Twitter on Tuesday night to pay tribute to the late actor.
“Devastated to hear this news. Ben was an utterly lovely guy,” the co-host of entertainment industry news podcast, TV Blackbox , wrote.
“I’m so sad he felt there was no other way for him. Rest in peace, mate,” he added along with a link to a story by Yahoo Lifestyle.
A NSW police statement to Yahoo Lifestyle said that on August 14: “Police attended Minyon Falls, Whian Whian, responding to a concern for welfare.
“The body of a 41-year-old man was located. The death has not been treated as suspicious.”
Ben received a Logie nomination in 1997 for the Most Popular New Talent category. He then reportedly had a career change after leaving the beloved show, studying law and working as a solicitor.
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