The Neighbors star’s tragic final posts before he suddenly dropped dead on a popular beach: “Reasons to be glad”
- Australian actor drowns on Perth beach
- Peter Hardy, 66, was visiting from London.
- He shared his ‘reasons to be glad’ online
Australian actor Peter Hardy shared some “reasons to be glad” online just an hour before his sudden death while snorkelling off a Western Australian beach.
The 66-year-old man was pulled unconscious from the water around 10:40am in Fremantle’s South Beach on Thursday, shortly after sharing a series of photos online.
The Neighbors and McLeod’s Daughters actor’s latest post was a video of a willy wagging his tail, captioned: “More reasons to be merry.”
Australian actor Peter Hardy shared several ‘reasons to be glad’ just an hour before his sudden death on a Fremantle beach through a series of online posts.
The 66-year-old man was pulled unconscious from the water around 10:40am Thursday morning after posting photos of Cottlesloe and South Beach in WA (pictured)
Devastated friend Andy Burns said Hardy had been snorkelling at the popular beach during a visit from London when suddenly “he was taken away from us”.
“He was 66 and looked like a Greek god, so fit and so happy to be back in his native WA visiting from London where he had made his home,” she wrote.
“He was a superb actor, a wonderful singer and guitarist. He also played drums and sax.
“He always loved acting on stage, as well as on film and television.”
Hardy’s older brother, Michael Hardy, shared the tragic news on Friday.
“I am devastated to say that my brother, Peter Hardy, passed away suddenly this morning… Rest in peace my loving little brother,” he wrote on Facebook.
The actor, known for his roles in Neighbors and McLeod’s Daughters, posted a video of a cute willy wag-tail with the caption: “More reasons to be happy” (pictured)
Actor: Hardy, best known for his roles in The Daughters of McLeod and Chopper, was snorkeling off South Beach Thursday when he sadly drowned (Chopper pictured)
The tributes continue to flow for the beloved actor following the tragic news.
“This news is such a heartbreaking shock,” Ross Anderson wrote.
‘He will be held in the wide arms of the ocean he grew up beside, and in the hearts of all those he welcomed into his vital and resourceful orbit.’
“I first met Michael at the Highway Hotel in Bunbury, when he was in Divine Decadence. What a talent. What a loss,” wrote Rod Griffin.
Hardy (left) became a season regular on McLeod’s Daughters as Phil Rakich, a laborer on a South Australian farm, before his final episode in 2009.
Devastated friend Andy Burns said Hardy (left) had been snorkelling off the popular beach during a visit from London when suddenly “he was taken away from us”.
“Peter was larger than life, we really enjoyed having a drink with him and loved seeing him on stage,” said Virginia Mounsey.
“He will leave a big hole and will be missed by the whole family.”
It is understood that the actor had traveled to Perth to spend time with his mother.
Hardy became a season regular on McLeod’s Daughters as Phil Rakich, a laborer on a South Australian farm, before his final episode in 2009.
He played Jimmy Drane in three episodes of the iconic Australian soap opera Neighbors in 1997, but is best known for his roles in McLeod’s Daughters and the crime drama Chopper.