Home and Away actor Mick Innes dies after battle with chronic lung disease

Home and Away actor Mick Innes has died aged 67, having suffered from a form of lung disease for several years.

The veteran star died in his family home in Christchurch, on the south island of New Zealand, on the morning of December 12.

Leaving behind three children, Innes died following a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a lung condition.

Memorably, Innes played the character of Rod in several episodes of the hit Australian soap opera Home and Away, though his character was never given a surname.

A statement posted to Innes' official Facebook account confirmed his death, letting fans know the funeral details would soon be updated.

It read: "Kia Ora Koutou,

"We are sad to inform that our beloved Mick passed away yesterday morning in the company of loved ones.

"We intend to have a celebration of his life in both Christchurch (January) and Auckland (February). Details will be announced once confirmed."

His acting career beginning in the 80s, Innes was a versatile performer, appearing in everything from stand-up gigs, to short films, to children's shows.

He also featured in the New Zealand comedy series Hounds, which follows a self-centered lawyer living in Auckland.

More recently, he appeared in the comedy Golden Boy, and also enjoyed roles in 2011's Super City and Sunny Skies in 2013.

Six years ago, Innes suffered a stroke while performing on stage, during a production of his biographical solo play Zen Dog.

At the time, he told New Zealand's Star News: "After the play, I had slurred speech but I put that down to the partying that went on during closing night.

"When I woke up in the morning I had trouble breathing so I went to the doctor and next thing I'm off to hospital in an ambulance."

While the actor spent 10 days in hospital following the incident, he was eventually discharged and recovered.

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