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Home and Away star Dieter Brummer, 45, died after being ‘broken’ by Sydney’s strict Covid lockdown

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HOME and Away star Dieter Brummer was left broken by Sydney's strict Covid lockdown before he died, pals have claimed.

The TV actor, who played the part of Shane Parrish on the Australian soap alongside Melissa George, was found dead at his home in Glenhaven, near Sydney last Saturday.
The final picture of Dieter Brummer as he was excited to start a new job - before lockdown struck
Dieter Brummer was known for his role as Shane Parish in Home and Away Credit: Rex

Pals and colleagues have offered an insight into the tragic circumstances surrounding his death - as his mum Dawn also prepares to write a book on her son's battle with depression, reports Daily Mail Australia.

Days before his death, the Home and Away star had been offered work by an old friend washing the windows of an apartment building in central Sydney.

The final photo of Brummer shows him with a beard nestled amongst the city's skyline, saying he was "looking forward to a future working high above Covid which is 'apparently' 'ravaging' Sydney".

However, just two days later - the government paused all construction work in the city of two weeks as new restrictions were introduced to try and stop the Delta variant.

His employer, who had known him for 20 years, said: "He was really excited and really grateful about the job.

"The lockdown took the wind out of his sails."

Brummer was one of tens of thousands left unable to work by the strict lockdown measures, which were triggered by creeping case counts across Australia.

The government has opted for "Zero Covid" policy - with measures being some of the strictest in world as 221 cases were detected yesterday.

Left frustrated by the lockdown and difficulties he found in accessing government support, one pal said it was the "last straw".

I'm hoping that the book will help people who are suffering from a depressed state of mind

Meanwhile, Dieter's mum Dawn gave a heartbreaking account as she revealed her son's battle with depression - but hopes he can leave behind a legacy for those who are also struggling with their mental health.

The 84-year-old plans to write a memoir about her son to help others.

She said: "At the moment I am writing a book on his life, all the details of his frame of his mind will be included in that.

"His friends are helping me. And I'm hoping that the book will help people who are suffering from a depressed state of mind.

"That's filling my life now, I'm just writing, writing, writing."
Dieter was reportedly reflective about how different is life could have been without Home and Away Credit: PA

Dieter was found dead last Saturday after cops were asked to perform a welfare check on him.

Brummer's close friend Rob said: "I can't say anything other than that he was the greatest person I knew. Intelligent, bright, just so good."

The star appeared in a total of 557 episodes of Home and Away, winning Most Popular Actor at the Logie Awards in 1995 and 1996.

He was written out of Home and Away when his character died of blood poisoning.

He went on to have guest appearances on Neighbours, Underbelly and Medevac - but he then traded it in to start a window washing business.


"The good part about it is I don't have to deal with people too much," he said in 2009.

Reportedly, Dieter had however become reflective in recent years about what had happened if his career had followed a different path.

He is said to have felt restricted by the role in Home and Away, and often thought about what would have had happened if he never played Shane - despite becoming known as a heartthrob.

The actor, who was born in 1976, was just a teen when he got the role of bad boy soap sensation.

"You get typecast. It's hard for producers or casting agents not to remember. I'm still 'that bloke from Home And Away' 20 years later," Brummer once said.

"Sometimes you sit back and think, 'I wonder what it would've been like if I didn't get that job at 15?"

His family released a statement on Monday farewelling "handsome, talented, funny, complicated and beloved Dieter".

"He has left a massive hole in our lives and our world will never be the same.

'Our thoughts go out to all of you who knew him, loved him, or worked with him over the years."


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It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

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Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others... You're Not Alone.

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Vickie Andrus

I am so sorry for your loss. Rest In Peace Dieter! Condolences and Prayers for family and friends 🙏🙏 many people just do not understand just how bad depression can be.

reds in the wire

What’s going on in Australia is a complete disgrace! It is a great example of why we will never give up our guns! It’s a complete police state . Power to the Australian people though, if they want to rule with an iron fist then let them rule over a pile of ashes!

Michael H Matheny

The seeds of fear and despair have been sown and the harvest will be mental illness, misery and death by suicide. You have your failed governments to thank for this.


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