Francis Mossman, a New Zealand-born actor who played Vitus in the US television series Spartacus: Vengeance, has died. He was 33 years old.
Mossman died on Saturday at his home in Sydney, Australia, according to his family’s GoFundMe page to cover his funeral expenses. The family hopes to return his body to New Zealand to be buried.
In a statement, Mossman’s agent wrote: “It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Francis Mossman. Francis has been part of the KR Actors whānau for many years and was well-loved in the industry and by his peers”. “Whānau” is a Maori word that translates to “extended family”.
The message added: “Always a ray of light and a well of positivity and fun, Francis will be greatly missed. Our hearts reach out to Francis and his family during this unimaginably difficult time”.
The cause of death has not been determined. According to Mossman’s family, he “had been battling with the resurfacing of old wounds and trauma from high school, which he admitted in his last [Instagram] message to the world was a pain he had faced from a young age.”
Mossman posted a photo of himself as a child to Instagram on August 13 with the message, “Who knew this boy would endure so much pain?”
On Mossman’s Instagram profile, a lot of his pals paid tribute to the actor and model.
Drag Race star Courtney Act wrote: “Oh gosh. Sweet Frankie. I’m so sorry to hear this news.”
New Zealand broadcaster Cam Mansel wrote that he is “sorry that things got this hard for you”, adding: “To anybody reading this it is always ok to ask for help. Please reach out to someone you trust”.