Former Benalla actor Tom Long passes away aged 51

By Meg Saultry

Australian actor Tom Long, who grew up on a farm near Benalla, has passed away aged 51.

Following a lengthy battle with cancer, from which he was in remission, Long passed away on January 4 from encephalitis, which is inflammation of the brain.

He had been diagnosed with blood cancer in 2012 but was told he was cancer-free in July last year.

Long’s death was announced by his wife, Rebecca Fleming, via an Instagram post.

“It is with deep emotion that I announce the death of my beautiful warrior husband, Tom,” Fleming wrote.

“We are devastated to be losing such a loving and divinely beautiful man from our lives.”

After graduating from the National Institute of Drama Arts in 1994, Long was perhaps best known for his roles in local drama Seachange, where he played surfer Angus, as well as Australian films The Dish and Two Hands.