Home and Away actor Mick Innes died at the age of 67, having suffered for many years from a form of lung disease.
The veteran star died on the morning of December 12, at his family home in Christchurch, on the southern island of New Zealand.
Innes died after a long struggle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a lung illness, leaving behind three children.
Remarkably, in several episodes of the hit Australian soap opera Home and Away, Innes played Rod’s character, although his character was never given a surname.
A statement posted to Innes’ official Facebook account confirmed his death, letting fans know the details of the funeral will be updated soon.
Kia Ora Koutou
We are sad to inform you that our beloved Mick passed away in the company of loved ones yesterday morning.
we intend to have a celebration of his life in both Christchurch (January) and Auckland (February). Details will be announced once confirmed.
Innes was a versatile actor in his acting career, starting in the 80s, appearing in everything from stand-up gigs, short films, to children’s shows.
He also starred in the New Zealand comedy series Hounds, which follows a lawyer living in Auckland who is self-centered.
More recently, he starred in the Golden Boy comedy, and in 2013 he has played roles in the 2011 Super City and Sunny Skies.
Six years ago, during a production of his biographical solo play, Zen Dog, Innes suffered a stroke while performing on stage.
At the time he told Star News in New Zealand: “I had a slurred speech after the play, but I put that down to the party going on during the closing night.”
“When I woke up the next morning I had trouble breathing so I went to the doctor and the next thing I’m off to hospital in an ambulance.”
Though the actor spent 10 days after the incident in the hospital, he was finally discharged and recovered.