The Home and Away cast have been paying tribute to Ben Unwin after his sudden death was announced today.

Ben, who played Jesse McGregor in the soap from 1996 to 2000 and again from 2002 to 2005, was found dead on August 14, New South Wales Police confirmed.

Ada Nicodemou— who plays Jesse's ex Leah on the long-running soap— called the news "tragic".

She wrote on Instagram : "I just woke up to the tragic news of Ben's passing, my heart goes out to his family."

Kimberley Cooper, who played Gypsy Smith on the soap, paid tribute to her former co-star on Instagram.

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Ben Unwin in Home and Away
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Ben and Ada Nicodemou as Leah in Home and Away

Sharing a snap of a magazine cover they shared, Kimberley wrote: "My first TV week cover was with you.

"We had years of laughter, be it giggles on set trying to get through scenes as lovers or doubled over belly laughs at the pubs after work.

"I will be sad for now, but I promise to tell stories of great joy about our times together. You forever hold a special place in my heart. Love you Onion."

In a statement, Channel 7, the makers of Home and Away said it was "saddened" to learn of Ben's passing.

A spokesperson said: "Cast and crew from Home and Away are saddened to learn of the passing of former castmate, Ben Unwin.

"Ben's work in the role of Jesse McGregor is remembered with much affection.

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Kate Ritchie (Sally) posted this photo of Ben last year

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"Ben’s family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers."

NSW Police said in a statement: "Police attended Minyon Falls, Whian Whian, responding to a concern for welfare.

"The body of a 41-year-old man was located. The death has not been treated as suspicious."