Shortland Street actor Pua Magasiva dies aged 38

Former Shortland Street star Pua Magasiva has died.

A spokesperson for South Pacific Pictures confirmed the death to Newshub.

The 38-year-old found fame as Vinnie Kruse in the long-running Kiwi soap, and has also had on-screen roles in Sione's Wedding, Outrageous Fortune and Power Rangers.

Police confirmed to Newshub they were called to a sudden death at a Wellington CBD address in the early hours of Saturday morning.

"There are no suspicious circumstances and the death will be referred to the coroner."

He had been a host on radio station Flava, but left last year after being convicted of drink-driving for a reported third time.

In 2017, Magasiva pleaded guilty to a drink-driving charge and was sentenced to 80 hours community service. He was also disqualified from holding a driver's license for 13 months.

Magasiva married his wife Lizz Sadler in April 2018 after meeting on Instagram. Both Sadler and Magasiva have a child from previous relationships.

He is a Shortland Street veteran, appearing on the show until last year.

'Bloody good guy'

Having appeared on Kiwi televsion for decades, Magasiva's death immediately shocked fans and other New Zealand celebrities.

Tributes poured in on his Facebook page, with fans writing on previous posts of Magasiva's.

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

Radio and television star Mike Puru shared his condolences.

"Sending my love to his friends and family - he would always stop and say hello to anyone that would say hi to him - bloody good guy."

One Twitter user said: "Can't believe Vinne aka Pua Magasiva is dead", while another was speechless.

"I don't know what to say. R.I.P Pua Magasiva," they said.

"I'm speechless. You were such a delightful, caring, kind and beautiful character. Always had a spring in your step," said Mary Haddock-Staniland.


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