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Home and Away actor Ben Unwin dies at age 41

Home and Away star Ben Unwin dead at 41: Actor’s body is ‘found by police at his home after concerns for his welfare’

  • The 41-year-old played Jesse McGregor from 1996, leaving the soap in 2000, returning in 2002 and leaving once again on 26 July 2005 
  • After giving up acting, he completed a law degree. In recent years, he worked as a senior solicitor in Sydney
  • His body was discovered by police last week, shortly before his 42nd birthday 
  • ‘The death has not been treated as suspicious,’ said a NSW Police spokesperson
  • Co-stars, including Ada Nicodemou and Lynne McGranger, paid tribute on Tuesday after the ‘terrible tragedy’  
  • If you are struggling, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au
  • For confidential support in the UK, call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit a local branch. See www.samaritans.org for details 

Popular Home and Away star Ben Unwin, who played the role of Jesse McGregor on the long-running Australian soap, has been found dead at his home at the age of 41. 

NSW Police confirmed his death in a statement to Yahoo! Lifestyle on Tuesday, but did not disclose how the actor died. 

A police spokesperson said: ‘Police attended Minyon Falls, Whian Whian, responding to a concern for welfare.’ 

Home and Away star Ben Unwin dead at 41: Actor's body is 'found by police after concerns for his welfare' - Ben played Jesse McGregor in the soap (pictured with Kate Ritchie in 2003)

Home and Away star Ben Unwin dead at 41: Actor’s body is ‘found by police after concerns for his welfare’ – Ben played Jesse McGregor in the soap (pictured with Kate Ritchie in 2003)

‘The body of a 41-year-old man was located. The death has not been treated as suspicious,’ the statement concluded.

According to Yahoo! Lifestyle, Ben died last week shortly before his 42nd birthday. 

He Jesse McGregor from 1996, leaving the soap in 2000, returning in 2002 and leaving once again on 26 July 2005.

On Tuesday, Home and Away star Ada Nicodemou led the tributes to Ben, saying: ‘I just woke up to the tragic news of Ben’s passing, my heart goes out to his family.’

Veteran actress Lynne McGranger added: ‘What a terrible tragedy. Sending my deepest condolences to his family and friends.’ 

Fan favourite: Ben's rebellious character, Jesse, first arrived at Summer Bay in 1996. Pictured on the soap with Bec Hewitt (left) and Ada Nicodemou (right) who played tribute to the star

Fan favourite: Ben’s rebellious character, Jesse, first arrived at Summer Bay in 1996. Pictured on the soap with Bec Hewitt (left) and Ada Nicodemou (right) who played tribute to the star 

A Channel Seven spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia: ‘Cast and crew from Home and Away are saddened to learn of the passing of former cast mate, Ben Unwin.

‘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.’

Ben’s character Jesse first arrived at Summer Bay in 1996. He was a rebellious figure who lived on the wrong side of the law.

Legacy: During his seven years on the soap, Jesse helped Alf Stewart (pictured) start the famous Bait Shop, which was then called A&J's Baits and Bits

Legacy: During his seven years on the soap, Jesse helped Alf Stewart (pictured) start the famous Bait Shop, which was then called A&J’s Baits and Bits 

During his seven years on the soap, Jesse helped Alf Stewart start the famous Bait Shop, which was then called A&J’s Baits and Bits.

Jesse was later falsely accused of burning down the shop for insurance money and spent time in jail for robbery.

Ben’s first stint on the show lasted between 1996 and 2000. 

Bad boy: Jesse was a rebellious figure who lived on the wrong side of the law. The character even spent time in jail for robbery

Bad boy: Jesse was a rebellious figure who lived on the wrong side of the law. The character even spent time in jail for robbery

In 1997, he was nominated for Most Popular New Talent at the Logie Awards, Australia’s equivalent of the BAFTAs or Emmys.

After a two-year absence, he returned in 2002 before leaving Summer Bay permanently in 2005. 

Around this time, he gave up acting and completed a law degree. In recent years, he worked as a senior solicitor in Sydney.

Before embarking on a law career, he worked in the music industry directing videos for Culture Club, including for their single, I Just Wanna Be Loved and Chumbawamba’s Tubthumping. 

  • If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.  
  • For confidential support in the UK, call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit a local branch. See www.samaritans.org for details.
  • For confidential support in Australia, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au. Alternatively, call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800
Career change: In 2005, Ben left Home and Away and embarked on a legal career. After  completing a law degree, he worked as a senior solicitor in Sydney. (pictured with his sister)

Career change: In 2005, Ben left Home and Away and embarked on a legal career. After  completing a law degree, he worked as a senior solicitor in Sydney. (pictured with his sister)

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