Sydney’s LGBTIQ+ community is mourning actor Francis ‘Frankie’ Mossman after his death at age 33.
A loved one shared the sad news about the Sydney-based New Zealand expat on social media.
They shared a photo of Mossman as a young boy to his Instagram, writing, “Who knew this boy would endure so much pain?”
Sydney’s Queer Screen, who run Mardi Gras Film Festival, said they were saddened by his death.
“Moving from Auckland to Sydney in 2012, Frankie was a well-known member of our LGBTIQ+ community,” they wrote.
“[He appeared] in numerous NZ and Australian productions including the Sydney-made gay web series The Horizon.”
They wrote the actor was a “great friend” to Queer Screen and an enthusiastic supporter of their events.
“Our sincere condolences to all his friends and family. May he Rest In Peace.”
Sydney’s Stonewall Hotel wrote on Facebook, “We miss you and know your smile will light up the sky.”
Actor Francis Mossman ‘lit up the the room wherever he went’
Francis Mossman was best known for his starring role in gay web series The Horizon.
He also appeared in Kiwi soapie Shortland Street and action drama series Spartacus: Blood and Sand.
Former co-star Patrick James wrote on Instagram he was “saddened by Frankie’s sudden passing.”
“Shine bright… I was fortunate to work with and befriend for a number of years on @thehorizonseries while he portrayed Stevie,” he wrote.
“You had a real talent of lighting up the room wherever you went.
“While your love for Hanson was debatable, your infectious smile was loveable.
“Gone way too soon. My condolences to friends and family.
“Check in with your friends, family, neighbours… even strangers.”
Drag star Courtney Act also tweeted she was “so sad” to hear of the death of “Sweet Frankie”.
Neighbours star Takaya Honda also remembered Mossman as “such a beautiful and kind soul.”
“Rip mate, I’ll never forget running lines with you on the plane,” he wrote.
“I wouldn’t be where I am if you hadn’t introduced yourself at the airport that day.”
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