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Shortland Street star Francis Mossman dies aged 33 


Sydney-based New Zealand actor Francis Mossman has died at the age of 33.

His death was announced by several LGBTQ websites, including Queer Screen Australia and Stonewall Hotel, on Saturday. 

His cause of death is unknown. 

Rest in peace: Francis Mossman has died, aged just 33. The cause of his death is unknown. Pictured recently 

Stonewall posted a photo of the actor to its Facebook page, and wrote: ‘RIP Frankie Mossman. We miss you and know your smile will light up the sky.’ 

Francis, known to friends as Frankie, had hosted the popular Malebox events at the venue for several years, and appeared on promotional posters for the hotel.  

Queer Screen wrote on Facebook: ‘Queer Screen was saddened to hear of the passing of actor Frankie Mossman. 

Loss: News of the young actor's passing was shared by several LGBTQ websites, including Queer Screen Australia and Stonewall Hotel, on Saturday

Loss: News of the young actor’s passing was shared by several LGBTQ websites, including Queer Screen Australia and Stonewall Hotel, on Saturday

Queer Screen wrote on their Facebook page: 'Our sincere condolences to all his friends and family. May he Rest In Peace'

Queer Screen wrote on their Facebook page: ‘Our sincere condolences to all his friends and family. May he Rest In Peace’

‘Moving from Auckland to Sydney in 2012, Frankie was a well known member of our LGBTIQ+ community, appearing in numerous NZ and Australian productions including the Sydney-made gay web series The Horizon.

‘Frankie was a great friend of Queer Screen, starring in our MGFF16 trailer and was always an enthusiastic audience member at our festivals. Our sincere condolences to all his friends and family. May he rest in peace.’

A post was shared to Francis’ Instagram account on Friday, presumably by a friend or family member, acknowledging his death. 

Tragic: On Friday, an Instagram post, seemingly made by a friend or family member, was posted to Francis' account, alongside an image of him as a boy. The caption read: 'Who knew this boy would endure so much pain'

Tragic: On Friday, an Instagram post, seemingly made by a friend or family member, was posted to Francis’ account, alongside an image of him as a boy. The caption read: ‘Who knew this boy would endure so much pain’

Tributes: Famous faces offered their condolences, including drag star Courtney act, who commented: 'Oh gosh. Sweet Frankie. I'm so sorry to hear this news.' Television personality Peter Oxford added: 'I am so sorry to hear you have left us. I was only talking to you this week about going back to NZ'

Tributes: Famous faces offered their condolences, including drag star Courtney act, who commented: ‘Oh gosh. Sweet Frankie. I’m so sorry to hear this news.’ Television personality Peter Oxford added: ‘I am so sorry to hear you have left us. I was only talking to you this week about going back to NZ’

Alongside a photo of Francis as a child, the caption read: ‘Who knew this boy would endure so much pain.’

Several high-profile figures offered their condolences, including drag star Courtney Act, who wrote: ‘Oh gosh. Sweet Frankie. I’m so sorry to hear this news.’ 

Television personality Peter Oxford added: ‘I am so sorry to hear you have left us. I was only talking to you this week about going back to NZ.’   

Well known: Frankie was well known in performance circles and rubbed shoulders with many stars including Guy Sebastian (left)

Well known: Frankie was well known in performance circles and rubbed shoulders with many stars including Guy Sebastian (left) 

Big tine: He was also friendly with American singer Adam Lambert (left). Pictured with a pal

Big tine: He was also friendly with American singer Adam Lambert (left). Pictured with a pal

Tough! Frankie shared a recent selfie with footballer Tom Burgess (left)

Tough! Frankie shared a recent selfie with footballer Tom Burgess (left) 

‘Francis was beautiful person and will always be remembered as a part of the Stonewall family,’ Glenn Hansen, Stonewall Hotel’s Commercial and Marketing Manager, told Star Observer.

‘He was well liked by everyone and his smile could light up a room. We will all miss Francis and we would urge everyone to reach out to each other in these tough circumstances.’

Francis was born in New Zealand, where he began his acting career on the popular soap opera Shortland Street in 2006. 

Legend: Known as Frankie, Francis Mossman was born in New Zealand, where he made a name for himself on the popular soap opera, Shortland Street, in 2006. He made the move to Sydney in 2012, and went on to appear in the Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand

Legend: Known as Frankie, Francis Mossman was born in New Zealand, where he made a name for himself on the popular soap opera, Shortland Street, in 2006. He made the move to Sydney in 2012, and went on to appear in the Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand

He moved to Sydney in 2012, and went on to appear in the Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

Frankie also had a recurring role in The Horizon from 2013 to 2017, and in Americans in Oz in 2018.

His most recent performance was in a short film called Dis-Connect. 

Well known: Frankie also had a recurring role in The Horizon between 2013 and 2017 and Americans in Oz in 2018. Pictured with former Home and Away star Kyle Pryor

Well known: Frankie also had a recurring role in The Horizon between 2013 and 2017 and Americans in Oz in 2018. Pictured with former Home and Away star Kyle Pryor

Pals: Pictured with Big Brother star Gretel Killeen (far left) and singer Brock Jays (far right)

Pals: Pictured with Big Brother star Gretel Killeen (far left) and singer Brock Jays (far right) 

He counted a number of celebrities among his friends, including the likes of Guy Sebastian and Adam Lambert.

Francis’ Instagram account is filled with selfies alongside stars such as Tom Burgess, Gretel Killeen, Brock Jays and Kyle Pryor.

For confidential support call the Lifeline 24-hour crisis support on: 13 11 14

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Starring: Frankie, who was known to be a big dog lover, had his most recent performance in the short film, Dis-Connect

Starring: Frankie, who was known to be a big dog lover, had his most recent performance in the short film, Dis-Connect



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