After news of his death, Ben Unwin’s former Home and Away colleagues have paid tribute to the 41-year-old actor.

Former Home and Away script producer, Dan Bennett, took to Twitter to reflect on the talented actor’s sudden death.

“Devastated to hear this news. Ben was an utterly lovely guy,” Bennett tweeted.

“I’m so sad he felt there was no other way for him. Rest in peace, mate.”

Former Home and Away actress Kristy Wright also took to social media to honour Unwin.

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“I’m completely lost for words… heartbroken and shattered,” she wrote.

“In 1992 I met you for the first time and immediately fell into a crazy school girl crush. Watching you sing Tom Jones ‘If I only knew’ in your tight white pants is one of my favourite memories of you and just the first of so many. We were kids with the same dream and pretty quickly we became friends… my crush disappeared but my love for you was just beginning. Years later we both found ourselves working on that little show @homeandaway and our friendship grew deeper. You harassed the writers to create a love story between our characters and when it finally happened we laughed our way through it and were just so happy to have the chance to work so closely with each other.”

She added: “I sit here, with tears, as I look through old photos of us on our magical journey into adulthood. I feel privileged to have known you the way I did. I saw into your beautiful soul and you saw me.. we were both big on maintaining eye contact… you always made me feel beautiful and you made me laugh… every day and anywhere I was with you. You were one of the most talented people I know, one of the kindest, smartest and funniest. You were a rock star. I am hearing your laugh now as I write this. We haven’t spoken in a few years and I can not express in this moment how sorry I am for that… I can’t believe you’re not looking at the same sky as me right now.

“I miss you now that I know I will never see you again… I will forever regret not reaching out more… Beautiful Benny, Unners, Dingers… I’m so sorry. I love you. RIP my old friend.. see you on the next magical journey. Love, Bubs.”

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I’m completely lost for words.. heartbroken and shattered. In 1992 I met you for the first time and immediately fell into a crazy school girl crush. Watching you sing Tom Jones ‘If I only knew’ in your tight white pants is one of my favorite memories of you and just the first of so many. We were kids with the same dream and pretty quickly we became friends.. my crush disappeared but my love for you was just beginning. Years later we both found ourselves working on that little show @homeandaway and our friendship grew deeper. You harassed the writers to create a love story between our characters and when it finally happened we laughed our way through it and were just so happy to have the chance to work so closely with each other. I sit here, with tears, as I look through old photos of us on our magical journey into adulthood. I feel privileged to have known you the way I did. I saw into your beautiful soul and you saw me.. we were both big on maintaining eye contact.. you always made me feel beautiful and you made me laugh.. every day and anywhere I was with you. You were one of the most talented people I know, one of the kindest, smartest and funniest. You were a rock star. I am hearing your laugh now as I write this. We haven’t spoken in a few years and I can not express in this moment how sorry I am for that… I can’t believe you’re not looking at the same sky as me right now. I miss you now that I know I will never see you again.. I will forever regret not reaching out more.. Beautiful Benny, Unners, Dingers… I’m so sorry. I love you. RIP my old friend.. see you on the next magical journey. Love, Bubs. ❤️❤️❤️#benunwin #homeandaway #vale #heartbroken

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Home and Away’s official Instagram page also expressed their sorrow over the actor’s tragic death.

“The cast and crew of Home and Away are saddened to hear the passing of Ben Unwin,” it reads.

“Ben played the character Jesse McGregor and joined the cast in 1996 – 2000, returning to Summer Bay in 2002 – 2005. We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ben.”

The actor died last week at the age of 41, just one day before his 42nd birthday.

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It’s understood that NSW police had attended Minyon Falls, near Byron Bay, after responding to a concern for his welfare.

“The body of a 41-year-old man was located. The death has not been treated as suspicious,” police said in a statement.

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