A NSW police statement to WHO.com.au confirms that on August 14: "At midday, police attended Minyon Fall, Whian Whian, responding to a concern for welfare. The body of a 41-year-old man was located. The death has not been treated as suspicious.”
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The popular Australian actor became a household when he first appeared on our TV screens back in 1996. The budding actor played bad-boy Jesse McGregor— a young thief who was living on the wrong side of the law.
Ben pictured with (L) Bec Hewitt (nee Cartwright) and Ada Nicodemou (R)
During the seven years he starred on the popular Channel Seven soap, Jesse worked in Alf Stewart Stewart's Bait Shop. However, after getting to know the locals, he was accused of burning it down for insurance money. Sentenced to jail, Jesse met Leah's (Ada Nicodemou) husband Vinnie.
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The late star featured inHome and Awayfrom 1996 to 2002 and then returned to the series in 2002 for a little over three years. His epic portrayal of the dark character scored him a Logie nomination in 1997 for Most Popular New Talent. He was also nominated for a British National Television award that same year.
Not long after he became a household name he had a career change and later studied law and worked as a solicitor.
More as the story develops.
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