A friend of Home and Away star Ben Unwin has spoken out about the 41-year-old’s death, paying tribute to an ‘utterly lovely guy’ and insinuating that he may have been struggling emotionally. In a heartfelt post, TV writer Dan Bennett wrote that he was ‘sad that Ben felt there was no other way.’
The actor, best known for playing Jesse McGregor in the Australian soap, was confirmed by police to have passed away yesterday but no cause of death has been confirmed at this stage. Tributes have poured in from fans, friends and colleagues in the wake of the tragedy.
Dan wrote on Twitter: ‘Devastated to hear this news, Ben was an utterly lovely guy. I’m so sad he felt there was no other way for him. Rest in peace, mate.’
Ben starred in Home and Away from 1996 to 2000, before another stint from 2002 to 2005.
Home and Away’s network Seven said in a statement to Metro.co.uk: ‘Cast and crew from Home And Away are saddened to learn of the passing of former castmate, Ben Urwin. ‘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.’
Kristy Wright, who played Jesse’s girlfriend Chloe Richards, in the soap, shared a moving gallery of image and a tribute in Instagram.
She said: ‘We haven’t spoken in a few years and I can not express in this moment how sorry I am for that…I can’t believe you’re not looking at the same sky as me right now. I miss you now that I know I will never see you again.. I will forever regret not reaching out more.’
Kimberley Cooper, who played Gypsy Smith on the soap, paid tribute by a posting a cover of TV Week she shared with the star.
‘My first tv week cover was with you,’ Kimberley wrote. ‘We had years of laughter, be it giggles on set trying to get through scenes as lovers or doubled over belly laughs at the pubs after work. ‘I will be sad for now, but I promise to tell great stories of great joy about our times together. You forever hold a special place in my heart. Love you Onion.’