Ben Unwin dead aged 41 – Home and Away actor dies at home

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Home and Away actor Ben Unwin has died aged 41, just a day before his birthday.

His death was confirmed by New South Wales Police today, who said his body was found on August 14.

The cause of death is currently unknown but a police statement said it was not suspicious.

The soap star played Jesse McGregor on the show from 1996 to 2000, before another stint from 2002 to 2005.

NSW Police said in a statement: “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.”

Bad boy Jesse was known for getting into trouble with the law and even had a stint in jail after he was accused of burning down Alf Stewart’s Bait Shop for insurance money.

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Ben as Jesse in Home and Away

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Ben with co-star Kate Ritchie, who plays Sally

Ben’s performance scored him a Logie nomination in 1997 for Most Popular New Talent.

He was also nominated for a National Television Award in the UK in the same year.

Ben left acting and went on to complete a law degree and was working a senior solicitor in Newcastle, New South Wales, before his death.

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Ben and Ada Nicodemou, who plays Leah

In a statement, Channel 7, the makers of Home and Away said it was “saddened” to learn of Ben’s passing.

A spokesperson said: “Cast and crew from Home and Away are saddened to learn of the passing of former castmate, Ben Unwin.

“Ben’s work in the role of Jesse McGregor is remembered with much affection.

Ben left acting to pursue a career as a solicitor

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Leah and Jesse

 

“Ben’s family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers.”

The Home and Away cast have paid tribute to Ben on social media.

Ada Nicodemou— who plays Leah on the long-running soap— called the news “tragic”.

She wrote on Instagram: “I just woke up to the tragic news of Ben’s passing, my heart goes out to his family.”

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Kimberley Cooper, who played Gypsy Smith on the soap, paid tribute to her former co-star on Instagram.

Sharing a snap of a magazine cover they shared, Kimberley wrote: “My first TV week cover was with you.

“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 stories of great joy about our times together. You forever hold a special place in my heart. Love you Onion



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