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19th Aug 2021

Spartacus and The Horizon actor Francis Mossman dies aged 33

Kieran Galpin

Frankie Mossman, LGBT champion, has passed away aged only 33

Confirmed by his brothers, Francis ‘Frankie’ Mossman has died at the age of 33. Though no cause of death has been announced as of yet, the New Zealand actor will be missed greatly by family, friends and fans.

His brothers Laurence and Jeremy Mossman described Frankie as an “energetic force”.

The brothers have set up a GoFundMe page to help transport his body back to New Zealand, where they hope their mother can say one final goodbye to her son.

Their post read: “With heavy hearts and much sadness, we learned of Francis’ passing last Saturday 14th August in Sydney, Australia.

“Francis was an energetic force and much-loved brother and son. 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.”

Frankie will be most remembered from his time in 2010’s Spartacus: Vengence where he played Vitus, a fighter who rose through the ranks before being slain. But for the LGBTQ+ community, Frankie’s depiction of Stevie in The Horizon was not only raw and compelling but also revolutionary for queer representation.

His last post on the social media platform showed a photo of him as a youngster alongside the caption: “Who knew this boy would endure so much pain.”

Though Mossman had numerous acting accolades, he was currently studying for his postgraduate degree in counselling to “help others who were suffering mental ill-health”.

He is survived by his long-time partner Lachlan, his mother May, his father Reginald, and his brothers Jeremy and Laurence.

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