“I’m gonna miss you.”
Ari Parata actor Rob Kipa-Williams has bid goodbye to the soap following his character’s tragic exit storyline.
Ari’s dying moments, which shown on Australian televisions today (March 7), came after he was diagnosed with pseudomyxoma peritonei, an extremely rare form of cancer. He’d chosen to die on his own terms, surrounded by family, rather than undergo routine and harsh operations.
After his character’s final scenes aired, Kipa-Williams expressed his dissatisfaction with the outcome on Instagram.
“Thank you to all of the fans for all of the love, messages, and support. “Thank you to everyone who makes the wheels turn, including the cast, crew, camera, directors, production, writing, makeup, art department, and everyone else in between,” he said.
“This Iconic Ozzie Television Show Took Chances.” I’m honored to have collaborated on Mori cultural storylines, and I’ll always be proud of the sequences that got it to the movie… it was true teamwork. My goal is that this will lead to increased diversity.
“Thank you for everything Ariki Wiremu Parata, you taught me a lot. I’m gonna miss you.”
The actress, who can also be seen in Jason Statham’s The Meg confronting a deep-sea monster, earned a lot of love from fans in the comments area.
“I’m so sad!!! You were amazing on the show! I couldn’t stop crying. I wish you all the best!!” one fan wrote, while another added: “The Paratas were the best thing that happened to H&A! You’ll be missed Ari.”
What a mark he made.