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Home And Away has paid tribute to "much-loved cast member" Dieter Brummer, who has died aged 45.
The actor was found dead by New South Wales police at about 1.30pm local time on Saturday at a property in Glenhaven, following a request for a welfare check.
His death is not being treated as suspicious.
In a statement, Brummer's family said: "We lost our handsome, talented, funny, complicated and beloved Dieter on Saturday morning.
"He has left a massive hole in our lives and our world will never be the same. Our thoughts go out to all of you who knew him, loved him, or worked with him over the years.
"We appreciate you respecting our privacy at this terrible time."
Brummer played Shane Parrish in the popular Australian soap Home And Away from 1992 until 1996.
A statement on the official Instagram page of the show said: "Home and Away and @channel7 are deeply saddened to hear of Dieter Brummer's passing.
"Dieter was a much-loved Home and Away cast member and celebrated by Australian and international audiences for his award-winning portrayal of Shane Parrish.
"We send our sincere condolences to Dieter's family and friends during this very difficult time."
Home And Away star Georgie Parker, known as Roo Stewart in the soap, commented on the post, adding: "Such sad news, such a lovely man and a good actor too. Much love to his family and loved ones at this terribly difficult time."
Brummer also played Troy Miller in rival soap Neighbours and had roles in shows Underbelly and Winners And Losers.
Neighbours posted on Instagram: "Vale Dieter Brummer, joined the Neighbours alumni in 2012 as Capt Troy Miller.
"Our thoughts are with his family and friends."