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‘Home and Away’ actor Dieter Brummer dies at 45

Australian actor Dieter Brummer, best known for his role as Shane Parrish on TV soap Home And Away between 1992 and 1996, has died aged 45. Brummer was found dead at a house in Sydney on Saturday by New South Wales police responding to a welfare call. The force said his death is not being treated as suspicious.

Brummer joined Home and Away aged 15 and
became a fan favourite crowned most popular
actor at Australia’s Logie TV awards for two
years running in 1995 and I996. He was also twice voted “prince of soap” by Dolly magazine readers, as viewers became enchanted by his storyline with George.

In a statement on Monday, Brummer’s family
said: “We lost our handsome, talented, funny,
complicated and beloved Dieter “He has left a massive hole in our lives and our world will never be the same” it added. “Our thoughts go out to all of you who knew him, loved him, or worked with him over the years.”

Brummer was enormously popular on Home and
Away during the 1990s, playing the love interest of Melissa George’s Angel Brooks. The Seven Network, which airs Home and Away in Australia, said it was “deeply saddened” by the
news. Dieter was a much-loved Home and Away
cast member and celebrated by Australien and
international audiences,” a statement said.

Brummer left the long-running soap when his
character was written out after dying from
septicaemia in 1996, but continued to act in TV
roles, including true-crime drama Underbelly
Winners and Losers and a 26-episode stint at rival soap. Neighbours. as Capt. Troy Miller, in 2011.

In later years, Brummer revealed he took up
a career as a high-rise window cleaner after
departing Home and Away to experience life out of the limelight. He told TV Tonight in 2010: “lt was a pretty intense time coming out of high school to receive all this fame and adulation. As great as it was, I wanted to prove to myself I could get my hands dirty and sweat for a buck as easily as standing around on set, being primped and preened.”