A chorus of Australian celebrities have shared their condolences online following the death of Home And Away star Dieter Brummer at the age of 45 on Saturday.
But one star has remained remarkably silent amid the outburst of grief – Brummer’s former Home And Away colleague Melissa George.
The 44-year-old actress, who currently lives in Paris, has observed radio silence since the announcement of Brummer’s death on Monday and chose not to share tributes on social media.
No Comment: Melissa George, 44, (left) has remained silent following the death of her former Home And Away colleague Dieter Brummer (right) at the age of 45 on Saturday. Pictured together on Home And Away
George also did not respond to requests for comment from Daily Mail Australia about the death of her late co-star.
Brummmer is best known for playing Shane Parris in Home And Away, and was famous in a romantic storyline with George in the 1990s.
George played his on-screen wife Angel Brooks, but their behind-the-scenes relationship was anything but idyllic.
Nothing to say? George also did not respond to requests for comment from Daily Mail Australia about the death of her late co-star
Silent: George, who currently lives in Paris, has observed radio silence since Brummer’s death was announced on Monday, choosing not to share tributes on social media
The former heartthrob of a teenager, who was found dead in a house in Sydney’s Glenhaven on Saturday, had spoken openly about their disdain for each other.
Speak with women’s Day magazine in November 2019, Brummer admitted that he never got along with 44-year-old George in real life.
“We may have been love interests on the show, but the chemistry was far from real!” he said at the time.
Sad truth: George played his on-screen wife Angel Brooks, but their behind-the-scenes relationship was anything but idyllic
Heartthrob: After winning legions of fans playing Shane Parrish on Home and Away, Brummer made no secret of the fact that he didn’t get along well with his opponent
“Mel was very ambitious from the start. I think she wanted to be the next Kylie Minogue.
“She was a big fan and she aspired to be a big star, just like Kylie. I don’t think she had much time for the Home and Away cast.’
Brummer said he hadn’t spoken to George since he left the soap, after begging the show’s producers to kill him.
Friction: “We may have been love interests on the show, but the chemistry was far from real!” he said about working with George
He told news.com.au in July 2018 that his real-life relationship with George was not what fans envisioned.
“There was a lot of pressure on us. We had to look like the perfect sweet couple in public,” he admitted.
He added: ‘It wasn’t like anything off screen. It was all on screen.’
Role of a lifetime: Brummer played bad boy Shane, who eventually settled down after finding love with Angel played by George
Brummer played bad boy Shane, who eventually settled down after finding love with Angel, played by George.
He openly admitted that he was disappointed in his character’s development after having a romance with Angel.
“You don’t even talk to anyone else. There’s no interaction with other characters,” he’d said, adding that Shane had turned into a wimp.
Tension: In November 2019 in Woman’s Day magazine, Brummer admitted that he never got along with George in real life
After recovering from a motorcycle accident, Shane’s character died of sepsis after cutting himself by a wire.
The former actor was found dead by police on Saturday afternoon. His death is not considered suspicious.
After the news of his death, Brummer’s family released a statement saying that their world “would never be the same again.”
Tribute: Home and Away actress Debra Lawrance, 64, who played Pippa Ross, wrote on Instagram: ‘Vale our beautiful Dieter Brummer. What a very sad news’
“We lost our handsome, talented, funny, complicated and beloved Dieter on Saturday morning. He left a huge hole in our lives,” they said.
Many posted on social media, sharing their condolences with former actor co-star Emily Symons, 51, who played Marilyn Chambers on Home and Away, and shared her grief on Instagram.
“I can’t believe this absolutely tragic news,” she captioned a photo of the couple together.
Memories: Tristan Bancks, who played Tug O’Neale on Home and Away, shared a series of throwback images of the couple together in 1996. Both pictured
“Dieter was such a sweet, kind, sincere person. I have always enjoyed working with him. I will never forget his beautiful smile, he was a much loved member of our Home and Away family. Thinking of his loved ones at this difficult time.”
Lynne McGranger, who plays Irene Roberts on the soap, tweeted: “So very sad. Contact us. Ask if people are okay. And tell someone if you’re not feeling well! Shout over the fence, call, message, Facebook, whatever it takes.
“I’m no expert, but sharing your fears, worries and dark thoughts should definitely help lessen their impact. God bless DB flying high’.
Sad: Ray Meagher (pictured) who plays Alf Stewart in Home and Away, said in a statement to The Daily Telegraph: “Dieter was a wonderful fresh, handsome, straight forward young guy when he was on H&A over 25 years ago. It is very sad to hear that he passed away at such a young age. Our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time.”
Fellow Home and Away star and family friend Steve Comey, who played Scott Smith, wrote: “Heartbreaking news. We have lost a free spirit. Vale Dieter Brummer. Way too young. Much too fast.
“My sincere, deepest condolences to his beautiful sister Karlene and to all of Dieter’s family and friends. Keep flying young fellow.’
Home and Away actress Debra Lawrance, 64, who played Pippa Ross, wrote on Instagram: ‘Vale our beautiful Dieter Brummer. What very sad news.
“Dieter was a golden presence in Home and Away, much loved and very much part of the family. My heart goes out to his family and friends at this painfully difficult time.”
Ray Meagher, who plays Alf Stewart in Home and Away, said in a statement: The Daily Telegraph: ‘Dieter was a great, good-looking, uncomplicated, fresh-faced young guy when he was at H&A over 25 years ago.
“We lost our handsome, talented, funny, complicated and beloved Dieter on Saturday morning. He left a huge hole in our lives,” his family said in a statement. Pictured at the June 2005 Sydney premiere of Batman Begins