Private funeral for Pua Magasiva underway

A private funeral is being held for Pua Magasiva on Friday after the former Shortland Street actor was found dead in Wellington last week.

Magasiva, who also used to host the breakfast show on radio station Flava, was 38 years old.

Earlier this week, a spokesperson announced a private ceremony would be held for close friends and family in Wellington.

Magasiva's family requested privacy from the public and the media.

South Pacific Pictures, which produces Shortland Street, confirmed the death to Newshub on May 11. 

A social media post from the iconic Kiwi soap opera, on which Magasiva played Vinnie Kruse, said everyone was "absolutely devastated at the tragic news".

Police confirmed to Newshub there were "no suspicious circumstances" around the death, and that it would be referred to the coroner". 

Tributes have continued to pour in for the actor, who was also known for his roles in Sione's Wedding and Outrageous Fortune.

Broadcaster Mike Puru called Magasiva "a bloody good guy", while his former Shortland Street co-star captioned a snap of the pair simply: "love you forever big bro".

Shot put champion Valerie Adams tweeted: "Rest In Peace Pua Magasiva. Thoughts and prayers to the family".

Shortland Street dedicated Monday night's episode to their "friend and colleague" in the opening credits.

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