Marshall Napier death: McLeod’s Daughters star Marshall Napier dies at 70 following battle with brain cancer

McLeod’s Daughters actor Marshall Napier has died aged 70, after a battle with brain cancer.

The New Zealand-born actor played the role Harry Ryan on the hit Australian drama series from 2001 for five years. Napier was famous for starring in a string of Australian TV shows.

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His daughter and fellow McLeod’s Daughters star Jessica Napier made the heartbreaking announcement on Instagram.

“It is with great sadness that I share the passing of my beautiful dad Marshall Napier. After a short and intense battle with brain cancer he left us this morning. He was peaceful and surrounded by family,” she wrote.

“Dad you are one of a kind and I can’t even understand what the world will be like without you in it. Your charisma and charm was second to none. Your creativity and intellect was my inspiration.

“I love you so much and feel completely lost without you. I’m glad that you can soar free of the pain and confusion. Love you always, Dinky xxxx.”

Touching tributes and messages flowed following the sad news.

The cast of McLeods Daughters.
Marshall Napier was known for his role playing Harry Ryan on McLeod’s Daughters. (Nine)

Napier’s McLeod’s Daughters co-star Rodger Corser remembered his “commanding presence” on screen and stage.

“Always loved working with your Dad, a drier wit you could not find. He will be greatly missed by all of his peers,” Corser wrote.

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Another McLeod’s Daughters star Charlie Clausen remembered Marshall as man with “a great sense of humor.”

“Jess, I’m so sorry. I loved working with your dad. He was so generous with his time when I was just starting out in my career,” Clausen wrote.

“So sorry for your loss Jess. Marshall was such a beautiful man and a wonderful actor. Sending much love,” Australian actress Rebecca Gibney wrote.

McLeod’s Daugters singer and songwriter Rebecca Lavelle shared an emotional tribute to social media.

“He was such a strong member of the McLeod’s Daughters family as Harry Ryan, and other iconic roles.”

Marshall Napier was best known for his role in McLeod’s Daughters but played other notable roles in Love ChildAll Saints, Water Rats, Mission Impossible and Police Rescue.

The father of three also had a noteworthy career in theater and starred alongside Cate Blanchett in 2017 for The Sydney Theater Company’s production of The Present.

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