Neighbours star Troy Beckwith dies aged 48 as co-star Kym Valentine pays tribute: ‘Gone way too soon’

Neighbours star Troy Beckwith has died at the age of 48, his co-star has confirmed. 

In a post shared to Facebook on Saturday, former Neighbours actress Kym Valentine shared the sad news. 

‘It pains me so much to have to say this. Our dear old friend Troy Beckwith has passed away’ Valentine wrote alongside a throwback image of the pair. 

‘Another member of our TV family gone way too soon. There will be no funeral as per Troy’s request. 

‘Thanks for all the memories my cheeky mate and all my love to your friends and family’ she concluded. 

Neighbours star Troy Beckwith has died at the age of 48, his co-star has confirmed. Troy is pictured left in recent years 

Beckwith played Michael Martin between 1991 and 1998 on Neighbours (pictured)

Beckwith played Michael Martin between 1991 and 1998 on Neighbours (pictured) 

Legendary casting director Jan Russ commented on Valentine’s post with condolences. 

‘Oh no!!! Dear Troy… That is so sad…gorgeous boy,’ she wrote.

Actor Brett Blewitt, who plays Brett Stark on the soap, wrote:  ‘He was such a lovely person. Deeply thoughtful and empathetic. Cheeky and playful once out of his shell. Way too soon. Love you mate.’

Neighbours actress Lucinda Cowden commented with a series of broken heart emojis.

In a post shared to Facebook on Saturday, former Neighbours actress Kym Valentine shared the sad news alongside a throwback photo of the pair (pictred)

In a post shared to Facebook on Saturday, former Neighbours actress Kym Valentine shared the sad news alongside a throwback photo of the pair (pictred) 

Meanwhile, Troy’s good friend Selina Laine Bonica added: ‘We lost a star and the heavens gained one. Troy, you were a pain in my a** but I loved you dearly. I’m just glad you’re free from pain.’

Troy’s good friend Ricky Fleming, who starred alongside Troy on children’s series Pugwall in the late 1980s, also paid tribute to the actor in an Instagram post this weekend. 

‘RIP to my brother from another mother. From birth we were trouble together and joined at the soul, no one will ever know the adventures and joy we had as the mischeivous two (tricky and roy) in this life’ he wrote. 

‘I can honestly say there was never a dull moment when we were together. May you be in peace and still be the infectious joy of those who are in your presence now. Troy Beckwith love you buddy’. 

No cause of death has been given at this time, and as per Valentine’s post, Ricky will not be having a funeral.  

Beckwith played Michael Martin between 1991 and 1998 on Neighbours, before going on to small roles in Blue Heelers and State Coroner. 

He was known as one of Neighbour’s most iconic villains with his character branded as ‘Sicko Micko’.

The actor was also known for his role as Jeremy ‘Bazza’ Bazlington on popular children’s series Pugwall between 1989 and 1991.  

In 2017, he sparked fears after vanishing in Melbourne.

In 2017, he sparked fears after vanishing in Melbourne. In recent years, Beckwith had dropped out of the limelight

In 2017, he sparked fears after vanishing in Melbourne. In recent years, Beckwith had dropped out of the limelight

The alarm was raised after he was last seen in Cranbourne and was not answering his phone.

The former Aussie soap star was at his home in the early hours of the morning, but when his partner returned at 11am he had disappeared.

He drove off in a white 1999 Ford Falcon with the registration 1AJ5CQ, with police raising concerns for his safety at the time. 

In recent years, Beckwith had dropped out of the limelight. 

He was known as one of Neighbour's most iconic villains with his character branded as 'Sicko Micko'. Pictured on the soap

He was known as one of Neighbour’s most iconic villains with his character branded as ‘Sicko Micko’. Pictured on the soap 

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