McLeod’s Daughters actor Marshall Napier has died aged 70, after a short battle with brain cancer.
The New Zealand-born thespian, who has starred in a string of Australian TV shows and films over the years, passed away on Sunday surrounded by family.
His daughter, fellow McLeod’s Daughters star Jessica Napier, announced the sad news on social media.
“It is with great sadness that I share the passing of my beautiful dad Marshall Napier. After a short and intense battle with brain cancer he left us this morning. He was peaceful and surrounded by family,” Jessica wrote on Instagram.
“Dad you are one of a kind and I can’t even understand what the world will be like without you in it. Your charisma and charm was second to none. Your creativity and intellect was my inspiration. I love you so much and feel completely lost without you. I’m glad that you can soar free of the pain and confusion.”
Napier played Harry Ryan on the beloved Australian TV drama from for five years from 2001.
Prior to that, Napier had roles in All Saints, Water Rats and Police Rescue. Napier also had a sprawling film resume, having starred in Babe, Down Under and Little Monsters.
Fellow Australian showbiz stars have paid tribute to the actor.
Doctor Doctor actor Rodger Corser wrote on Jessica’s post, “What a commanding presence he was on a screen and stage. Always loved working with your Dad, a drier wit you could not find.”
Packed to the Rafters actress Rebecca Gibney said, “So sorry for your loss Jess. Marshall was such a beautiful man and a wonderful actor.”
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