1russNeighbours actor Russell Kiefel has tragically died after collapsing on stage. The Australian star – who was best known to the UK for his role as Russell Brennan in the hit soap – sadly died after falling ill during a theatre performance.

The actor and writer collapsed while performing in a production of And I’m The Queen Of Sheba at Brown’s Mart Theatre in Australia over the weekend, but sadly later passed away.  Russell’s character Russell Brennan was the abusive father of brothers Mark, Tyler and Aaron.

Colette Mann, who played Kiefel’s love interest Sheila Canning in the show, led the tributes with a picture of them on the programme.  She shared: “I am very very sad to say that the wonderful actor, Russell Kiefel who played Russell Brennan in 2015 on @neighbours passed away yesterday. All our prayers and thoughts are with his wife Katrina and his beloved boys.”