Shortland Street actor Francis Mossman’s ‘devastated’ family speak out

The family of Shortland Street star Francis “Frankie” Mossman has spoken out after his tragic death.

The New-Zealand born actor, who appeared in Shortland Street, Spartacus and The Horizon, was found dead over the weekend.

In a statement to Daily Mail Australia, Francis’ family explained he had been unable to work during Sydney’s lockdown, and the extended time alone allowed “old scars and trauma from high school” to resurface.

“Recently, Francis had been struggling with the resurfacing of old scars and trauma from high school, which he acknowledged in his last [Instagram] post to the world was a pain he had endured from a young age,” the statement read.

A post shared by Frankie Mossman (@francismossman)

“The world we face right now is a weight on many shoulders, including those in the arts who have had their livelihoods heavily impacted by Covid lockdowns.”

The family described the 33-year-old as an “overwhelmingly kind and caring” person.

The Sydney resident leaves behind his long-term partner Lachlan, his mother May, his father Reginald, and his younger brothers Jeremy and Laurence.

“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Francis Mossman,” the statement began.

Didn't see you as often as we'd like, but we'll remember the energy, laughs, and genuine excitement when we were together. Love you, big bro.

“Francis was overwhelmingly kind, enthusiastic and so very caring, making a positive impact on the lives of many who knew him.

“He had the most infectious smile along with the most brilliant sense of humour imaginable. He was forever a big kid and with that he had the warmest most generous loving heart that lit up wherever he went.

The family added the actor will be “loved dearly and equally missed”.

“Recently, he took to social media to fondly remember childhood vacations as some of his happiest memories as well as his undying love for all things Gillian Anderson.”

The family thanked “those who loved and admired Francis for their kind words of love and support” and asked for privacy.

On August 4, the star uploaded several photos of himself in bed with his Cavoodle puppy Piper.

A post shared by Frankie Mossman (@francismossman)

“Pup isn’t loving lockdown…” he wrote.

A post shared by Frankie Mossman (@francismossman)

Prior to that he posted another photo of himself looking unimpressed, saying “Me being excited for at least four more weeks of lockdown.”

Mossman had lost his beloved 5-year-old dog, Hoff, back in May.

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