'Home and Away' Actor Ben Unwin Dies At 41

The Australian star, who played Jesse McGregor on 'Home and Away' has reportedly passed away.

It has been confirmed that actor Ben Unwin has died at the age of 41 after his body was found on Wednesday, August 14.

Unwin was best known for his portrayal of Jesse McGregor from 1996-2000 on 'Home and Away'.

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Unwin with co-stars Jodi Gordon and Ray Meagher. Image: Seven
Unwin and Kate Ritchie arriving on the red carpet for the 45th Annual TV Week Logie Awards 2003 held at the Crown Casino, Melbourne. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images).

His role earned him a Logie nomination for Most Popular New Talent in 1997, and later a British National Television award. Unwin later gave up acting to study law.

According to a statement by NSW police to Yahoo Lifestyle, "Police attended Minyon Fall, 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.”

Unwin starred alongside 'Home and Away' actor Kate Richie, who shared a 1998 memory from their beachside set on the 30th anniversary of the drama last year.

The actor also shared the stage with co-stars including Kate Ritchie, Isla Fisher, Kimberley Cooper, Ada Nicodemou and Bec Hewitt.

Nicodemou, who is currently on holidays in Greece, provided a statement to Yahoo! Lifestyle about Unwin's death.

“I just woke up to the tragic news of Ben’s passing, my heart goes out to his family,” she commented.

Cooper posted a '90s era TV Week magazine cover with Unwin, sharing that the pair had "years of laughter" on set.

"I will be sad for now, but I promise to tell stories of great joy about our times together," she wrote.

"You will forever hold a special place in my heart. Love you Onion."

There has been an outpouring of grief over the news online with former 'Home and Away' scriptwriter and editor Dan Bennett writing on Twitter that he was "devastated".

"Ben was an utterly lovely guy. I'm so sad he felt there was no other way for him. Rest in peace, mate."

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