Australian actor and artist Marshall Napier has passed away at age 70.

The New Zealand-born actor, who starred in a string of Australian TV shows and films over the years, passed away on Sunday surrounded by family.

His daughter Jessica broke the news on her Instagram, saying her father had died after a short battle with brain cancer.

She wrote, “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.”

“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.”

Marshall played Harry Ryan on McLeod’s Daughters from 2001 for five years, and quickly became a fan favourite character.

He also had TV roles in All SaintsWater Rats and Police Rescue, before going on to star in films such as BabeDown Under and Little Monsters.

Australian showbiz stars have paid tribute to the actor, who is being remembered as a “generous” and “kind” man.

Napier’s McLeod’s co-star Rodger Corser wrote on Jessica’s post, “What a commanding presence he was on a screen and stage. Always loved working with your Dad, a drier wit you could not find.”

Packed to the Rafters actress Rebecca Gibney said, “So sorry for your loss Jess. Marshall was such a beautiful man and a wonderful actor.”

Image credits: Instagram

This article first appeared on OverSixty.