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Francis Mossman’s final posts revealed as the New Zealand star dies aged 33

Francis Mossman’s final Instagram posts have surfaced, following the New Zealand actor’s tragic death at age 33 over the weekend. 

Sydney-based Francis, who is known for his roles in Shortland Street and Spartacus: Blood and Sand, had shared several Instagram posts in recent months documenting his struggles during Sydney’s harsh Covid lockdowns.  

On August 4th, the handsome star uploaded sevearl photos of himself posing for a selfie in bed with his beloved Cavoodle puppy Piper.  

Last posts: Francis Mossman’s final Instagram posts have surfaced, following the New Zealand actor’s tragic death at age 33 over the weekend 

‘Pup isn’t loving lockdown…’ he wrote in the caption. 

A week earlier, he uploaded another photo of himself, this time staring blankly into the camera alongside the sarcastic caption: ‘Me being excited for at least 4 more weeks of lockdown.’ 

On July 30, Francis announced that he was fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus after getting his second Pfizer jab. 

Gone too soon: Sydney-based Francis, who is known for his roles in Shortland Street and Spartacus: Blood and Sand, had shared several Instagram posts in recent months documenting his struggles during Sydney's harsh Covid lockdowns

Gone too soon: Sydney-based Francis, who is known for his roles in Shortland Street and Spartacus: Blood and Sand, had shared several Instagram posts in recent months documenting his struggles during Sydney’s harsh Covid lockdowns 

'Pup isn't loving lockdown...': On August 4th, the handsome star uploaded two photos of himself posing for a selfie in bed with his beloved Cavoodle puppy Piper

‘Pup isn’t loving lockdown…’: On August 4th, the handsome star uploaded two photos of himself posing for a selfie in bed with his beloved Cavoodle puppy Piper

He uploaded a photo of himself showing off his post-vaccination bandaid, jokingly captioning the image: ‘Fully vaccinated and ready to go to Kmart.’ 

At the time, retailers such as Kmart and Target were still open to the public as part of the increasingly restricting Covid lockdown restrictions.   

Frankie had also experienced heartbreak recently following the loss of his five-year-old dog Hoff, who was hit by a car and killed in May.

Not thrilled: A week earlier, he uploaded another photo of himself, this time staring blankly into the camera alongside the sarcastic caption: 'Me being excited for at least 4 more weeks of lockdown'

Not thrilled: A week earlier, he uploaded another photo of himself, this time staring blankly into the camera alongside the sarcastic caption: ‘Me being excited for at least 4 more weeks of lockdown’ 

Posting to Instagram to share the tragic news, Francis uploaded a collage showing photos of himself posing with his beloved pup, while writing in the caption: ‘Rest In Peace, my beautiful baby boy Hoff.’ 

He went on to describe the horrific incident of Hoff’s death in detail, before sharing a heartbreaking admission about his mental health. 

‘I constantly experience a bit of unhappiness, but knowing I had Hoff gave me so much comfort. I never cry, but the last two days I have been crying uncontrollably,’ he wrote.  

'Fully vaccinated and ready to go to Kmart': On July 30, Francis announced that he was fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus after getting his second Pfizer jab

‘Fully vaccinated and ready to go to Kmart’: On July 30, Francis announced that he was fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus after getting his second Pfizer jab 

Francis’ death was announced on Saturday by several LGBTQ websites, including Queer Screen Australia and Stonewall Hotel. 

His cause of death is unknown, but a social media post shared by a family member last week alluded to him ‘enduring so much pain’.

Stonewall posted a photo of the actor to its Facebook page, and wrote: ‘RIP Frankie Mossman. We miss you and know your smile will light up the sky.’ 

'I constantly experience a bit of unhappiness': Frankie had also experienced heartbreak recently following the loss of his five-year-old dog Hoff, who was hit by a car and killed in May.

‘I constantly experience a bit of unhappiness’: Frankie had also experienced heartbreak recently following the loss of his five-year-old dog Hoff, who was hit by a car and killed in May.

Loss: His death was announced on Saturday by several LGBTQ websites, including Queer Screen Australia and Stonewall Hotel

Loss: His death was announced on Saturday by several LGBTQ websites, including Queer Screen Australia and Stonewall Hotel

Loss: Queer Screen wrote on Facebook, 'Queer Screen was saddened to hear of the passing of actor Frankie Mossman. Moving from Auckland to Sydney in 2012, Frankie was a well-known member of our LGBTIQ+ community, appearing in numerous NZ and Australian productions'

Loss: Queer Screen wrote on Facebook, ‘Queer Screen was saddened to hear of the passing of actor Frankie Mossman. Moving from Auckland to Sydney in 2012, Frankie was a well-known member of our LGBTIQ+ community, appearing in numerous NZ and Australian productions’

Francis, known to friends as Frankie, had hosted the popular Malebox events at the venue for several years, and appeared on promotional posters for the hotel.  

Queer Screen wrote on Facebook: ‘Queer Screen was saddened to hear of the passing of actor Frankie Mossman. 

‘Moving from Auckland to Sydney in 2012, Frankie was a well-known member of our LGBTIQ+ community, appearing in numerous NZ and Australian productions including the Sydney-made gay web series The Horizon.

Tragic: A post was shared to Francis' Instagram account on Friday, presumably by a friend or family member, acknowledging his death. Alongside a photo of Francis as a child, the caption read: 'Who knew this boy would endure so much pain'

Tragic: A post was shared to Francis’ Instagram account on Friday, presumably by a friend or family member, acknowledging his death. Alongside a photo of Francis as a child, the caption read: ‘Who knew this boy would endure so much pain’

Tributes flow: Several high-profile figures offered their condolences, including drag star Courtney Act and television personality Peter Oxford

Tributes flow: Several high-profile figures offered their condolences, including drag star Courtney Act and television personality Peter Oxford

‘Frankie was a great friend of Queer Screen, starring in our MGFF16 trailer and was always an enthusiastic audience member at our festivals. Our sincere condolences to all his friends and family. May he rest in peace.’

A post was shared to Francis’ Instagram account on Friday, presumably by a friend or family member, acknowledging his death. 

Alongside a photo of Francis as a child, the caption read: ‘Who knew this boy would endure so much pain.’

Well-known: He counted a number of celebrities among his friends, including the likes of Guy Sebastian (left) and Adam Lambert

Well-known: He counted a number of celebrities among his friends, including the likes of Guy Sebastian (left) and Adam Lambert

Pals: He was also friendly with American singer Adam Lambert (left)

Pals: He was also friendly with American singer Adam Lambert (left)

Footy fan: Frankie recently shared a selfie with NRL footballer Tom Burgess (left)

Footy fan: Frankie recently shared a selfie with NRL footballer Tom Burgess (left) 

Several high-profile figures offered their condolences, including drag star Courtney Act, who wrote: ‘Oh gosh. Sweet Frankie. I’m so sorry to hear this news.’ 

Television personality Peter Oxford added: ‘I am so sorry to hear you have left us. I was only talking to you this week about going back to NZ.’   

‘Francis was beautiful person and will always be remembered as a part of the Stonewall family,’ Glenn Hansen, Stonewall Hotel’s Commercial and Marketing Manager, told Star Observer.

On screen: Francis had a brief role as a courier delivering an eviction notice to Kieran Mitchell (played by Adam Rickitt) on Shortland Street in 2007

On screen: Francis had a brief role as a courier delivering an eviction notice to Kieran Mitchell (played by Adam Rickitt) on Shortland Street in 2007

‘He was well liked by everyone and his smile could light up a room. We will all miss Francis and we would urge everyone to reach out to each other in these tough circumstances.’

Francis was born in New Zealand, where he began his acting career on the popular soap opera Shortland Street in 2007. 

He moved to Sydney in 2012, and went on to appear in the Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

Well known: Frankie also had a recurring role in The Horizon from 2013 to 2017, and in Americans in Oz in 2018. Pictured with former Home and Away star Kyle Pryor

Well known: Frankie also had a recurring role in The Horizon from 2013 to 2017, and in Americans in Oz in 2018. Pictured with former Home and Away star Kyle Pryor

Celebrity mates: Francis rubbed shoulders with former Big Brother host Gretel Killeen (left) and singer Brock Jays (right)

Celebrity mates: Francis rubbed shoulders with former Big Brother host Gretel Killeen (left) and singer Brock Jays (right) 

Frankie also had a recurring role in The Horizon from 2013 to 2017, and in Americans in Oz in 2018.

His most recent performance was in a short film called Dis-Connect. 

He counted a number of celebrities among his friends, including the likes of Guy Sebastian and Adam Lambert.

Francis’ Instagram account is filled with selfies alongside stars such as Tom Burgess, Gretel Killeen, Brock Jays and Kyle Pryor.

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Starring role: His most recent performance was in a short film called Dis-Connect

Starring role: His most recent performance was in a short film called Dis-Connect


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