Home and Away actor Dieter Brummer, who played Shane Parrish, has died at the age of 45.
The actor was found dead by police on Saturday afternoon in Glenhaven, Sydney, after requests for a welfare check. His death is not believed to be suspicious.
In a statement on Monday, Brummer’s family said: “We lost our handsome, talented, funny, complicated and beloved Dieter on Saturday morning. He has left a massive hole in our lives and our world will never be the same. Our thoughts go out to all of you who knew him, loved him, or worked with him over the years. We appreciate you respecting our privacy at this terrible time.”
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He joined the cast of Home and Away in 1992 and became a fan favourite during his time on the show, with his character particularly known for his romance with Angel, played by Melissa George.
Shane and Angel from Home and Away, (Melissa George and Dieter Brummer)
He was twice voted ‘Prince of Soap’ before leaving the long-running soap in 1996 but continued to act, picking up TV roles in Medivac, Shark Bay, Underbelly, Winners and Losers, and a part in Neighbours in 2011.
But his acting career dwindled in recent years and he even took up a role as a window cleaner.
A spokesperson from Seven, which makes the soap, said in statement: “Home and Away and Channel 7 are deeply saddened to hear of Dieter Brummer’s passing. Dieter was a much-loved Home and Away cast member and celebrated by Australian and international audiences for his award-winning portrayal of Shane Parrish. We send our sincere condolences to Dieter’s family and friends during this very difficult time.”
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