Star of Home and Away Ben Unwin has died at the age of 41.

The Mirror reported his death was confirmed by New South Wales Police (NSW) after his body was found on August 14.

The actor played Jesse McGregor on the show from 1996 to 2000, before he returned for another stint from 2002 to 2005.

NSW Police released the following statement: "Police attended Minyon Falls, 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."

Bad boy Jesse was known for getting into trouble with the law - he even spent a period in jail after he was accused of burning down Alf Stewart's Bait Shop for insurance money.

His performance landed him a Logie nomination in 1997 for Most Popular New Talent.

In the same year he was also short listed for a National Television Award in the UK.

Jesse (Ben Unwin) comes to the rescue when a guy tries to hit on and harass Hayley (Rebecca Cartwright) at the gym

Later Ben decided to leave the acting world and went on to complete a law degree.

He was working as a senior solicitor in Newcastle, New South Wales, before he died.

Following the news Channel 7, the makers of Home and Away, said it was "saddened" to hear of Ben's passing.


A spokesperson said: "Cast and crew from Home and Away are saddened to learn of the passing of former castmate, Ben Unwin.

"Ben’s work in the role of Jesse McGregor is remembered with much affection.

"Ben’s family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers."

Even though it is over with Leah (Ada Nicodemou) and Jesse (Ben Unwin), she can't help but feel jealous with Jesse being around other women

Members of the Home and Away cast have also paid their respects on social media.

Ada Nicodemou - who plays Leah on the long-running soap - said the news was "tragic".

She wrote on Instagram: "I just woke up to the tragic news of Ben's passing, my heart goes out to his family."

Kimberley Cooper, who played Gypsy Smith on the soap, also paid tribute to her former co-star on Instagram.

She shared an image of the pair they shared on a magazine cover together, writing: "My first TV week cover was with you.

"We had years of laughter, be it giggles on set trying to get through scenes as lovers or doubled over belly laughs at the pubs after work.

“I will be sad for now, but I promise to tell stories of great joy about our times together. You forever hold a special place in my heart. Love you Onion."