Home and Away fans slam 'misleading’ post about beloved star

It was supposed to be a sweet birthday message to beloved Home and Away star Ray Meagher but a Facebook post by an Aussie magazine ended up being interpreted by many fans as an obituary.

To mark Ray's 77th birthday, WHO Magazine shared a photo of the actor — who plays Summer Bay stalwart Alf Stewart — with his co-star, Georgie Parker (Roo Stewart).

Who Magazine's Facebook post about Home and Away star Ray Meagher
Who Magazine's Facebook post about Home and Away star Ray Meagher has been slammed by fans. Photo: Facebook/WHOmagazine.

But it was the caption that really made fans of the long-running Channel 7 soap stop in their tracks.

"'The whole cast and crew love you very much,;" it read. "Tributes are flowing for Home And Away's most iconic star, Ray Meagher."

Fans took issue with the post's suggestive wording, however, with more than one pointing out that it kind of implies that Gold Logie winner Ray had, well... died.

"Omg I thought he died. Wow. Just terrify a nation," wrote one fan in the comments.

Another accused the magazine of giving the entire country a 'collective heart attack' and demanded they re-think their choice of words in the future.


Home and Away stars Ray Meagher and Georgie Parker on set
Ray and Georgie in character as Alf and Roo on set of the long-running soap. Photo: Channel 7.

"Jesus guys! Don’t give the whole of Australia a collective heart attack. PICK YOUR HEADLINES BETTER," they wrote.

"Change the description of your post," added a third. "I thought he had passed away. Misleading."

One fan went as far as to call the post a "disgusting attempt at clickbait".

Some people were able to see the funny side of the situation, with one using a slew of Ray's character Alf's famous sayings to express their frustration.

"Stone the flaming crows. Strewth I thought he had passed. You lot are a bunch of flaming galahs making people think that," they quipped.

Ray Meagher poses with the award for most popular actor at the 60th Annual Logie Awards at The Star Gold Coast on July 1, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia
Ray proudly shows off his most popular actor Logie at the 60th Annual Logie Awards in 2018. Photo: Getty Images.

The controversial 'tribute' appears to have since been deleted from the page. WHO Magazine has been contacted for comment.

Over on the official Home and Away Instagram page, Ray's was honoured with a simple 'happy birthday' post that thankfully avoided any confusion.

Ray is the TV show's longest continuing performer, having played the role of cranky yet kind-hearted Alf since the first episode in 1988.

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