Down Under Actor Francis 'Frankie' Mossman Passes at 33

Thursday August 19, 2021

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Frankie' Mossman  (Source:Instagram)

New Zealand actor Francis "Frankie" Mossman has passed at the age of 33, MSN reports..

"Queer Screen was saddened to hear of the passing of actor, Frankie Mossman," a Facebook post read.

"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."

The late performer's team from agency Kathryn Rawlings & Associates confirmed his death in a statement to E! News

"It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Francis Mossman. Francis has been part of the KR Actors whānau for many years and was well-loved in the industry and by his peers," the statement read, using the Māori word "whānau" to mean "extended family."

The message continued: "Always a ray of light and a well of positivity and fun, Francis will be greatly missed. Our hearts reach out to Francis and his family during this unimaginably difficult time."

The New Zealand-born actor starred in "Shortland Street" and "Spartacus: Blood and Sand." He was best-known for his recurring role as Steve Hughes in the LGBTQ+ web-series "The Horizon," made in partnership with the AIDS Council of New South Wales.

"No cause of death has been officially announced, but outlets like The New Zealand Herald have noted that Mossman is suspected to have died by suicide on 14 August," Pink News reported.

Mossman addressed his personal issues in his final Instagram post in which he wrote: "Who would have known this boy would endure so much pain."

His brothers, Laurence and Jeremy, have launched a GoFundMe campaign to cover the costs of repatriation and the late actor's funeral. The fund has since received a total of $15,586 in donations.

Click here to link to Mossman's GoFundMe page.

"We are overwhelmed and grateful for the donations that have poured in over the last 24 hours," they wrote in a recent update. "It is a testament to the impact Francis has on his family and friends, and the generous spirit of people near and far."