Actor Francis "Frankie" Mossman, who appeared in Shortland Street, Spartacus and The Horizon, has been found dead over the weekend.
The 33-year-old, originally from New Zealand but who lived in Sydney, appeared in Shortland Street in 2006 before moving to Sydney 10 years ago where he found fame in The Horizon and Sparticus.
Paul Layton, who starred alongside Mossman in the web series The Horizon, told Daily Mail Australia, Mossman had been struggling during the Covid lockdown with the uncertainty of work.
"There seems to be an epidemic of losing people in isolation these days that nobody seems to be talking about," Layton said. "The unfortunate thing about Franny, I think, was his good looks. They were the least interesting thing about him because he was so funny and weird and I loved it. He was such a beautiful person in every sense of the word."
His death comes just three weeks after fellow soap star Dieter Brummer died, having also struggled with the Covid lockdown.
On August 4, the star uploaded several photos of himself in bed with his Cavoodle puppy Piper.
"Pup isn't loving lockdown..." he wrote.
Prior to that he posted another photo of himself looking unimpressed, saying "Me being excited for at least four more weeks of lockdown."
Mossman had lost his beloved 5-year-old dog, Hoff, back in May.
The untimely death made the actor open up about his mental health struggle.
"I constantly experience a bit of unhappiness, but knowing I had Hoff gave me so much comfort. I never cry, but the last two days I have been crying uncontrollably," he said at the time.
His brothers Laurence and Jeremy also posted tributes to their big brother, as did his mother, May.
"Rest in peace now, son. You know how much we loved you, Francis. You left a huge gap in our heart," she wrote.
The Casting Guild of Australia has established the Shoulder2Shoulder campaign to support actors doing it tough.
"No generation of actor has gone through the upheaval and emotional turmoil that you guys have been through in the last 18 months," president Dave Newman said in a video message. "Ironically it is you guys that are culturally lifting us out of this sh**fight. You're the ones we're binge watching, you're the ones who we're hanging on your every word. You're essential."
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