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14 December 2020 02:38

Veteran actor Mick Innes was well known in the New Zealand and Australian theatre, film and television communities.

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Mick (pictured) was a star of the stage and screen. Instagram His cousin Geoff first shared the news on Facebook, revealing that he had "stepped off the mortal coil." "I'm going to miss our phone conversations and I know he's going to be missed by many, love you Mick," he said. In addition to his role on the popular Aussie soap, Mick starred in Netherwood, The Insatiable Moon, The Strength Of Water and Apron String and many television series including The Jacqui Brown Diaries, Super City and Hounds. He was also well-known for theatre work, most recently starring in the ad-libbed production of Zen Dog. In this show, he touched on his history with drug addiction, as well as his multiple marriages and stints in rehab and a psych ward. Mick's cousin Geoff (pictured) says he will be missed by many.

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Despite his career in the industry spanning 40 years, Mick previously told Stuff.NZ that he had never dreamed of being an actor. In fact, his big break came along when he was living in Sydney in his 20s and was penniless and struggling to put food on the table. "I just went to see how life was there and was lucky I got an acting job in the TV series Echo Point," he told the publication. When his health worsened at the start of 2020, Mick left Grey Lynn, Auckland, to move back in with his 88-year-old mother, Dulcie. His wife, indigenous actress Jedda Cole died in 2008 at the age of 40 after a battle with ill health.

Mick (pictured) leaves behind his mother and three children. Facebook "Her death really touched my heart because when she died I was not beside her," he said at the time. Mick is survived by three children, Julian Innes, Mimi Toya Cole and Sarah-Jane Burchett. Veteran actor Mick Innes was well known in the New Zealand and Australian theatre, film and television communities. Photo: Supplied New Zealand born actor Mick Innes has died at the age of 67. He was best known for his role as Rod on Australian soap Home And Away. Innes reportedly died in his family home in Christchurch early on Saturday morning, after a battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a lung condition. He leaves behind three children. In 2014 the actor suffered a stroke on stage while performing his biographical solo play Zen Dog. "After the play, I had slurred speech but I put that down to the partying that went on during closing night. When I woke up in the morning I had trouble breathing so I went to the doctor and next thing I'm off to hospital in an ambulance," he saida t the time. He was kept in hospital for 10 days before being discharged and told he was "very lucky" it wasn't worse.

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