Home and Away’s most devastating deaths – speedboat accident to cancer battle
8th April 2022

SPOILER ALERT

The Summer Bay Caravan Park may look like the perfect, idyllic place to stay, but unfortunately the Grim Reaper is also a very frequent guest.

Next week sees yet another beloved Home and Away character meet their maker, as Ari Parata (Rob Kipa-Williams) – who has cancer of the appendix and tumours in his abdomen – succumbs to his condition.

Ari's passing, shortly after his hospital room wedding to Mia, is doubly cruel as he has been languishing in prison after falsely confessing to a murder he didn't commit.

His death is the latest in a long line of emotional exits on the popular Aussie soap.

Let's take a look…

Tom Fletcher's car crash

Home and Away started in 1988 with married couple Tom and Pippa Fletcher leaving inner city Sydney for the fictional seaside town of Summer Bay.

As well as running the town's caravan park, they had their hands full with a troubled group of foster children in tow. ( Frank, Carly, Lynn, Steven and Sally).

Firm but fair, Tom soon became a popular part of the community but two years after the show begun he collapsed while driving and was killed. This wasn't the show's earliest death, but it made the biggest impact.

In 2008, Tom appeared as a ghostly vision to Sally after she was stabbed.

Bobby Simpson's speedboat accident

Rebellious Bobby quickly became one of the show's most popular characters in the early days. Added to the Fletcher brood as their newest foster kid, she made life hell for her real father, school principal Donald 'Flathead' Fisher.

Bobby's love life was also eventful, with a love triangle between her, Frank and Roo being a highlight.

After maturing into a step mum role, Bobby was killed off in a speedboat accident. She returned in 1995, when Ailsa had a nervous breakdown and Bobby's face appeared in her fridge door. (We're sensing a theme).

Shane Parrish's infection

Generation X'ers were heartbroken by actor Dieter Brummer's tragic death in 2021, aged 45.

As one half of Summer Bay super couple Shane and Angel from 1992 to 1996, Dieter adorned posters in thousands of teenage bedrooms across the UK and Australia.

The golden pairing were massively popular on the show, with their wedding being the equivalent of Neighbours' Scott and Charlene's big day.

Shane sadly died of septicaemia after cutting himself on a wire, which became infected.

Ailsa Stewart's heart attack

Cafe owner Ailsa had a dark past before she married Alf and become a pillar of the Summer Bay community.

She served three years in prison for killing her abusive father, but went on to become a mentor for the town's own troubled youth, especially Bobby.

After over a decade on the show, Ailsa was unceremoniously killed off when she suffered a heart attack.

But – you guessed it – she reappeared in 2002 when Alf hallucinated due to a brain tumour. Strewth!

Noah Lawson's murder

Noah was another youth with a troubled upbringing, and he survived his mother's religious mania and his own alcoholism to form a relationship with Hayley.

Sadly, Noah was shot dead by crazy Sarah Lewis – a psych ward escapee intent on revenge – in a big cliffhanger. But don't worry, he appeared to Hayley through several visions. Of course he did.

Flynn Saunders' cancer battle

Kate Ritchie stayed with the show 20 years, as Sally went from being the Fletcher's youngest foster kid to a foster mum in her own right and the principal of Summer Bay High.

In a storyline which was hugely relevant to its Australian viewers, Sally's doctor husband Flynn discovered he had cancer after completing a demonstration skin check for a group of school children.

Flynn died in Sally's arms after stopping chemotherapy so he could die at home.

Casey Braxton's killing

The youngest of the Braxton boys, Casey was angst ridden and had anger issues, but still became popular with viewers.

Always overshadowed by his brothers, Casey's death – shot by Jake Pirovic, who had already killed Brax’s girlfriend Charlie Buckton – tore the family apart. Sob.

Home and Away continues weekdays at 6.30pm on 5Star, repeated at 1.15pm on Channel 5

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