Popular actor identified as man who died snorkelling off WA beach
Peter Hardy, who gained popularity for his roles in McLeod's Daughters, Chopper and the Mamma Mia! musical was on Sunday named as the 66-year-old man who died at Fremantle's South Beach on Thursday.
His death came just days before another man drowned at the same beach on Sunday.
Andy Burns, a friend of Hardy, said he was "inconsolable" following the Perth-born actor's death.
He said hardy was visiting WA from London where he lived in a canal boat.
"Words cannot express how deeply I feel this loss, We've been close friends since living together in Neutral Bay Sydney in the mid 80s," he wrote.
"He was a superb actor a wonderful singer and guitarist he also played drums and sax.
"He always loved performing in the theatre as well as film and TV.
"Heartfelt condolences to all his family and many friends over this devastating loss especially his beautiful girlfriend Lysa."
Hardy played Phil Rakich in McLeod's Daughters for three years, and Detective Cooney in 2000 film Chopper.
He was in a handful of Neighbours episodes plus episodes of Underbelly and the Dr Blake Mysteries.
His identity was confirmed hours after a second man, believed to in his 30s, was pulled from the water at the same spot about 1.30pm.
Two deaths within days at popular beach
On Sunday, a second man drowned at the same popular beach where hardy died.
Police said a marine rescue vessel found the man unresponsive about 50 metres off shore.
He was taken to Sardine Jetty where paramedics gave CPR but he couldn't be saved.
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Police are still investigating both drownings.