Neighbours actor Peter Hardy has died at the age of 66 after drowning in Fremantle near Perth, Western Australia.
According to The West Australian, Hardy travelled to Perth from London to visit his mother.
He is believed to have been snorkelling at South Beach in Fremantle when he ran into trouble.
Bystanders at the beach in Perth desperately tried to save the late star’s life by performing CPR until paramedics arrived on the scene.
Emergency crews were unable to save the actor’s life and he died at the scene
Hardy played Jimmy Drane in three episodes of the hit soap in 1997, but his notable role was in the 2000 film McLeod’s Daughters and Chopper.
Sharing the news on Friday, Hardy’s brother, Michael, said: ‘I’m devastated to say that my brother, Peter Hardy, passed away suddenly this morning.
‘Rest in Peace my belove d little brother.’
Tributes have since poured in for the actor, with Hardy’s friend writing: ‘On the morning of March 16th a dear friend was taken from us… the amazing and beautiful Peter Hardy drowned while snorkelling at South Beach Perth.’
‘He was 66 years old and looked like a Greek god, so fit and so happy to be back in his native WA visiting from London where he had made his home.
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