Neighbours actor Darius Perkins has died aged 54.
The star, who played the original Scott Robinson when the show started in 1985, had been battling cancer.
His family confirmed the news, with his sister in law, Kate Cuthbert paying tribute to the actor on Twitter.
She went on to add: “He won a Logie when he was a young actor. I got to hold it once 🙂 (I could have held it lots of times, but it was on the highest shelf of the bookcase and I felt silly asking him to take it down :)).”
A fourth tweet read: “He was funny and kind and so loving. And he was too young to go. And I’m really, really sad today. In conclusion, #[bleep]cancer.”
He passed away on January 2.
Darius played Scott for eight months and appeared in 50 episodes before he was recast when the show moved from Channel 7 to Network Ten, and Jason Donovan took over the role.
Former Neighbours co-star David Clencie, who played Danny Ramsay, told the Herald Sun:
“I am so sad, really devastated to lose my mate.
“We had this incredible bond. We were mates to the very end.”
Darius also starred in Home and Away, A Country Practice, and The Sullivans.
He won a Logie for his performance in Australian mini-series All The Rivers Run.
He returned to Neighbours in 2014 as criminal Marty Kranic, who had a dodgy connection to Darius’s former on-screen brother, Paul Robinson, and was one of the suspects in a hit and run.
Prior to that part, he hadn’t acted in 19 years.
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