Home and Away star Dieter Brummer dead at 45

Home and Away actor Dieter Brummer has died aged 45.

The star, best known to audiences for playing Shane Parrish on the Australian soap, was found dead at a home in north-west Sydney.

The police are not treating his death as suspicious.

A police spokesperson told News.com.au: ‘About 1.30pm, officers from The Hills Police Area Command responded to reports of a concern for welfare at a home on Glenhaven Road, Glenhaven.’

‘The body of a man was located inside the home. His death is not believed to be suspicious. A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.’

Dieter’s family shared a statement on social media: ‘On behalf of my family, We post this today with a heavy heart. We lost our handsome, talented, funny, complicated and beloved Dieter on Saturday morning.

‘He has left a massive hole in our lives and our world will never be the same. Our thoughts go out to all of you who knew him, loved him, or worked with him over the years.

‘We appreciate you respecting our privacy at this terrible time.’

It is believed that Dieter took his own life but this remains unconfirmed at this stage.

A spokesperson for Seven Network, which airs Home and Away in Australia, said in a statement: ‘Home and Away and Channel Seven are deeply saddened to hear of Dieter Brummer’s passing.

‘Dieter was a much-loved Home and Away cast member and celebrated by Australian and international audiences for his award-winning portrayal of Shane Parrish. 

‘We send our sincere condolences to Dieter’s family and friends during this very difficult time.’ 

Dieter portrayed Shane for four years, between 1992 and 1996.

The character is fondly remembered as one half of one soap’s most beloved couples, for his relationship with Angel Brooks, portrayed by Melissa George.

Shane and Angel tied the knot, but Shane later died from septicaemia, and Angel departed Summer Bay with their daughter, who she named after him.

Following his success in Home and Away, Dieter would go on to appear in Medivac, and had a recurring role in soap opera Crash Palace.

He later appeared in Underbelly: A Tale Of Two Cities, before landing a recurring role in Neighbours in 2011, as Troy Miller, ex of mainstay Sonya Rebecchi and dad of Callum Jones.

Troy seemingly didn’t intend on causing trouble when he first arrived in Ramsay Street, after Toadie Rebecchi made contact with him, but trouble soon followed.

The character was intent on winning Sonya’s affection once more, but after failing to do so, he departed Erinsborough.

However, he returned in 2012 for a short stint, that culminated with him taking Sonya, Callum and Jade hostage in a dramatic siege.

Troy died, after a heated showdown with son Callum.

Dieter would go on to appear in Winners and Losers in 2013.

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