Actor Francis Mossman of ‘Spartacus,’ ‘The Horizon’ Dead at 33

Author: Trudy Ring

Francis “Frankie” Mossman, the actor best known for the Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand and the gay-themed web series The Horizon, has died at age 33.

Mossman died Saturday at his home in Sydney, his family reported on a GoFundMe page, which is raising money to bring his remains to his native New Zealand.

“Francis was an energetic force and much-loved brother and son,” the post reads. “He was a well-respected member of the acting community and found a supportive and endearing family community in Sydney. His smile and energetic presence will be sorely missed by those lucky enough to have known him.”

Mossman appeared in four episodes of Spartacus in 2012, after having performed in New Zealand-based series such as Shortland Street and The Amazing Extraordinary Friends. He starred as Stevie Hughes in The Horizon, about a group of queer friends in Sydney, from 2013 to 2017. It was the most popular web series to come out of Australia, and its official Twitter feed describes it as the most-watched queer-themed online series in the world.

A representative of Mossman’s talent agency, Kathryn Rawlings & Associates, released this statement to E! News: “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. 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.”

Mossman is survived by his partner, Lachlan, as well as his brothers, Laurence and Jeremy Mossman, and his parents, May and Reginald Mossman.

A cause of death has not been confirmed, but his family gave a statement to Daily Mail Australia saying he had suffered from the resurfacing of “old scars and trauma from high school” while unable to work during the COVID-19 shutdown in Sydney. His final Instagram post is below.

Original Article on The Advocate
Author: Trudy Ring


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