Dieter Brummer, an Australian actor best known for portraying Shane Parrish on Home and Away, died at the age of 45.

Following requests for a welfare check, police discovered the actor deceased in Glenhaven, Sydney, on Saturday afternoon. His death isn’t being investigated as a homicide. Dieter Brummer Home and Away Actor Dies Aged 45.

“We lost our handsome, talented, hilarious, complicated, and adored Dieter on Saturday morning,” Brummer’s family wrote in a statement released on Monday.

“He’s left a huge hole in our lives, and our world will never be the same without him. All of you who knew him loved him, or worked with him throughout the years have our condolences. We appreciate your consideration of our privacy during this difficult time.”

In 1992, Brummer joined the cast of Seven’s Home and Away. During his tenure on the program, he became a fan favorite, with his character’s romance with Angel, played by Melissa George, being particularly popular.

Brummer was nominated for gold and silver Logie awards for his role in Home and Away, which he won in 1995 and 1996, and was twice dubbed “prince of soap” by Dolly magazine readers.

When his character was written off the long-running drama in 1996, he continued to play in TV shows such as Medivac, Shark Bay, Underbelly, Winners and Losers, and even a 26-episode spell on rival serial Neighbours in 2011.

In later years, his acting career waned. In an interview with TV Tonight, he described his time as a high-rise window cleaner, saying, “It was a really stressful moment coming out of high school to have all this recognition and admiration.” I wanted to show to myself that I could get my hands dirty and sweat for a buck just as readily as I could stand around on set being primped and preened.

“People think I’m just a window cleaner, but it’s a lot more complicated than that… it’s a rather specialized trade.”

As word of Brummer’s death spread on Monday, tributes began to pour in.

“Home and Away and Channel 7 are profoundly grieved to hear of Dieter Brummer’s passing,” a spokeswoman for Seven stated in a statement. Dieter was a popular part of the Home and Away cast, and his award-winning performance of Shane Parrish was well-received by Australian and international audiences. During this terrible time, we express our heartfelt condolences to Dieter’s family and friends.”

“Such a real, charming person with a dry sense of humor,” Steve Pennells, who hosted a Home and Away 30th Anniversary Special that aired in 2018, wrote on Instagram. He had the entire world at his feet, but he recognized fame for what it was and walked away when it got too much.”

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