McLeod's Daughters actor's tragic post before drowning: 'Reasons to be cheerful'

Peter Hardy posted a video from the beach just before he lost his life.

Popular Australian actor Peter Hardy’s final harrowing online post has been revealed after the 66-year-old tragically drowned in WA last week.

Peter, who played Phil Rakich in McLeod's Daughters, was pulled from the water at Fremantle’s South Beach last Thursday morning, after going for a snorkel.

Peter Hardy in McLeod's Daughters
Peter Hardy, who played Phil Rakich in McLeod's Daughters, drowned last Thursday on a popular WA beach. Photo: Channel 9

Just hours beforehand, Peter, who was also known for his parts in Chopper and Neighbours, uploaded a video of a Willie wagtail on South Beach, alongside the caption: 'More reasons to be cheerful'.


His devastated friend, Andy Burns, took to Facebook later to confirm the news, writing: “On the morning of March 16th a dear friend was taken from us... the amazing and beautiful Peter Hardy drowned while snorkelling at South Beach Perth. He was 66 years old and looked like a Greek god, so fit, and so happy to be back in his native WA visiting from London where he had made his home”.

willy wag tail bird on South Beach
Just hours before his tragic drowning, Peter uploaded a video of a willy wagtail on South Beach, alongside the caption: 'More reasons to be cheerful'. Photo: Facebook/Peter Hardy
Peter Hardy Facebook post
Peter's last post saw him upload a selfie from Cottesloe Beach. Photo: Facebook

“Words cannot express how deeply I feel this loss, We've been close friends since living together in Neutral Bay Sydney in the mid 80s,” he continued.

“He was a superb actor a wonderful singer and guitarist he also played drums and sax. He always loved performing in the theatre as well as film and TV. He decided to buy a canal boat in London which he set up beautifully with some recording gear and he'd send me guitar tracks recorded there to add backings to.

“Heartfelt condolences to all his family and many friends over this devastating loss especially his beautiful girlfriend Lysa our thoughts are with you...Vale dear friend Peter Hardy RIP... Adele and I are inconsolable right now over such a hard loss.”

Peter Hardy acting
Peter was a much-loved Australian actor. Photo: IMBD
Peter Hardy
He starred in many TV and film roles. Photo: IMBD

Peter’s brother, Michael, also confirmed the news on Facebook, writing: “I am devastated to say that my brother, Peter Hardy, passed away suddenly this morning. This is the only means I have of contacting his wide group of loved ones and friends. Rest in peace my beloved little brother.”

Tragically, another man’s body, who is believed to have been in his 30s, was pulled from the water at the same beach on Sunday at 1:30pm.

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