Australian actor Tom Long has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 50.
The Curb first tweeted the news.
“The great Tom Long has left us. One of the finest actors Australia has ever been lucky to see. My heart goes out to his family,” read the account’s statement.
Best known for his role as Angus on the late ’90s TV drama SeaChange, the late actor is believed to have died of encephalitis — inflammation of the brain.
First diagnosed with multiple myeloma (a type of blood cancer) in 2012, Long went to the US last year to participate in a medical trial alongside 17 other patients.
New Zealand actress Michala Banas shared a touching tribute to the beloved star.
“RIP Tom Long. Such a beautiful human being and wonderful actor.”
“Tom Long was the most precious human beings. All heart. All kindness. All love and humour. I’ll miss him dearly. What an honour it was to know you and share the world with you,” tweeted Aussie actor Anthony Hayes who starred in Rabbit Proof Fence.
Appearing on The Project in July 2019, the actor detailed his traumatic treatment and revealed at the time he was preparing for the worst but was remaining hopeful.
“‘I’m very aware that I could be taken any time, but it’s the hope I think. I go for hope.”
He was last seen on the stage in 2012 when he collapsed during a performance at the Sydney Opera House.
Outside of his role on SeaChange, Long also starred in classic Aussie films including The Dish, Two Hands and The Book of Revelation.
Long met his wife Rebecca Fleming in 2018 after his diagnosis. The two wed last year even though he was told he had just three months to live at the time.