Former Home and Away actor Ben Unwin has tragically passed away at the age of 41.
The Australian star, who played Jesse McGregor on the popular TV soap, died last week.
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 famously played Jesse McGregor on Home and Away from 1996–2000 and then 2002–2005.
His performance landed him a Logie nomination in 1997 for the Most Popular New Talent category.
That same year he was also nominated for a British National Television award, again for his outstanding performance as a newcomer to the industry.
Ben reportedly had a career change after leaving the beloved show, studying law and working as a solicitor.
Co-stars pay tribute
Home and Away actress Ada Nicodemou has paid tribute to her former co-star.
“I just woke up to the tragic news of Ben’s passing, my heart goes out to his family,” 42-year-old Ada told Yahoo Lifestyle.
Ada worked closely with Ben during his time on Home and Away from 1996–2000 and then 2002–2005.
Her character Leah Patterson-Baker had a brief romance with Ben’s character Jesse McGregor on the popular TV soap.
Fans share shock and devastation
There has been an outpouring of shock and grief from fans online after the tragic news broke.
Across social media people shared messages and tributes for the actor.
“That’s very sad. [He] used to be a fave back in the day. Tragic news,” one fan wrote on Facebook.
“Oh wow. I met him years ago. He was such a nice guy,” another added.
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