Dieter Brummer dies aged 45: Home & Away fans mourn their ‘first crush’

Home and Away fans around the world mourn the loss of actor Dieter Brummer, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 45.

Many women from the UK, Ireland and Australia mourn their ‘first crush’, as Brummer was heartened in the 1990s thanks to his portrayal of Shane Parrish.

“So many 90s hearts are breaking tonight,” one person tweeted Monday.

Others shared memories of having pictures of Brummer on their desks and pencil cases, or having his poster on their bedroom walls.

‘Breaking so many 90s hearts’: Devastated Home and Away fans mourn their first crush after the tragic death of Dieter Brummer (pictured in 2010) on Saturday

“I send my love and thoughts to all of you. I was convinced that one day Dieter would become my husband when I was 13. I shot all his scenes and got an autograph when he was in the UK. I’m 41 so upset to hear this,” one fan tweeted, alongside a photo of their VHS recordings of Home and Away episodes.

‘I think Dieter Brummer was one of my first crushes. Only 45. This is so sad,” another wrote in response to the news of the actor’s death.

“RIP Dieter Brummer – one of my very first crushes, I was a rabid H&A fan when I was 12,” recalled one loyal viewer.

‘It was with sadness that I heard about Dieter Brummer tonight. My first crush when I was 10. Depression doesn’t discriminate, it’s so important to reach out to someone – anyone – if they are struggling with mental health,” another added.

Tribute: Many women from the UK, Ireland and Australia mourn their 'first crush' as ​​Brummer was heartened in the '90s thanks to his portrayal of Shane Parrish

Tribute: Many women from the UK, Ireland and Australia mourn their ‘first crush’ as ​​Brummer was heartened in the ’90s thanks to his portrayal of Shane Parrish

“Shane from Home and Away was one of my first crushes ever. He was played by the beautiful and talented Dieter Brummer. It is heartbreaking to think that he died so young. He was so loved and a gentleman,” tweeted one lifelong fan.

‘Sad news about Dieter Brummer. I remember rushing home from school to watch Home and Away. He was one of the reasons for that,” someone commented.

Another commented: ‘No! I loved Dieter Brummer! Shane! I still have a pencil case with his stickers somewhere. I was so happy when he appeared in Underbelly too. This is so sad.’

'So upset to hear this': Others shared memories of having pictures of Brummer on their school desks and pencil cases, or having his poster on their bedroom walls

‘So upset to hear this’: Others shared memories of having pictures of Brummer on their school desks and pencil cases, or having his poster on their bedroom walls

Brummer, best known for playing Shane Parrish in Home and Away in the 1990s, was found dead Saturday afternoon in a house in Glenhaven, in Sydney’s northwest, NSW police confirmed to the Daily Mail Australia.

His death is not treated as suspicious and is suspected of suicide.

“About 1:30 p.m. (Saturday, July 24, 2021) officers from The Hills Police Area Command were responding to reports of concerns about the welfare of a home on Glenhaven Road, Glenhaven,” a police spokesman said.

“A man’s body was found in the house. His death is not considered suspicious. A report will be prepared for the information of the coroner.’

Brummer starred in Home and Away from 1992 to 1996 and later had roles in hospital drama Medivac and crime series Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities.

His other credits include Winners & Losers, Neighbours, Underbelly: The Golden Mile and the short-lived soap Crash Palace.

Tragic: Brummer, best known for playing Shane Parrish in Home and Away in the 1990s, was found dead Saturday afternoon in a house in Glenhaven, Sydney's northwest.

Tragic: Brummer, best known for playing Shane Parrish in Home and Away in the 1990s, was found dead Saturday afternoon in a house in Glenhaven, Sydney’s northwest.

After the news of his death, Brummer’s family released a statement saying that their world “would never be the same again.”

“On behalf of my family, we are posting this today with a heavy heart,” the Facebook post began. “We lost our handsome, talented, funny, complicated and beloved Dieter on Saturday morning.

He left a huge hole in our lives and our world will never be the same. Our thoughts go out to everyone who knew him, loved him or worked with him over the years.

“We appreciate you respecting our privacy at this terrible time.”

Star: Brummer starred in Home and Away from 1992 to 1996 and later had roles in hospital drama Medivac and crime series Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities.  Pictured in 1995

Star: Brummer starred in Home and Away from 1992 to 1996 and later had roles in hospital drama Medivac and crime series Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities. Pictured in 1995

According to a report by The Daily Telegraph in November, Brummer started a window cleaning business after turning his back on acting.

‘People say I’m just a window cleaner, in reality it’s much more than that. Working at heights is a relatively specialist profession,” he told TV Tonight in April 2010.

Brummer said he could use his rock climbing skills in his new profession, and was grateful for the “life experience” it had given him.

“I just wanted to get some life experience, but I always intended to return to acting someday,” he added.

Brummer, who turned 45 in May, was notably involved in a Home and Away storyline with co-star Melissa George, who played his on-screen wife Angel Brooks.

New work: According to a report by The Daily Telegraph in November, Brummer started a window cleaning business after turning his back on acting.  Pictured in 1995

New work: According to a report by The Daily Telegraph in November, Brummer started a window cleaning business after turning his back on acting. Pictured in 1995

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