'Heartbroken And Shattered': 'Home And Away' Star's Words After Ben Unwin's Death
Former 'Home And Away' star Kristy Wright said she is "completely lost for words" after hearing of actor Ben Unwin's passing at age 41.
Wright shared a photo of her with a long-haired Unwin from the '90s and described meeting her co-star for the first time when she "immediately fell into a crazy school girl crush".
She explained that one of her favourite memories of Unwin was the actor singing the Tom Jones tune "If I Only Knew" in "tight white jeans".
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"We were kids with the same dream and pretty quickly we became friends... my crush disappeared but my love for you was just beginning. Years later we both found ourselves working on that little show @homeandawayand our friendship grew deeper," she wrote.
The actress played Chloe Richards on 'Home and Away' between 1995-1999 and explained that it was Ben who "harassed the writers" to create a love story between the pair's characters.
"When it finally happened we laughed our way through it and were just so happy to have the chance to work so closely with each other," Wright said.
I sit here, with tears, as I look through old photos of us on our magical journey into adulthood. I feel privileged to have known you the way I did. I saw into your beautiful soul and you saw me.
Wright described Unwin as "one of the most talented people I know, one of the kindest, smartest and funniest".
She expressed regret that she hadn't spoken to her friend "in a few years".
"...And I can not express in this moment how sorry I am for that," Wright said.
Unwin's death has shocked his former co-stars on 'Home and Away', including Ada Nicodemou and Kimberley Cooper.
“I just woke up to the tragic news of Ben’s passing, my heart goes out to his family,” Ada commented to Yahoo! Lifestyle.
Dan Bennett, a former scriptwriter and editor on 'Home and Away' wrote on Twitter that "Ben was an utterly lovely guy".
"I'm so sad he felt there was no other way for him. Rest in peace, mate," Bennett wrote.