Australian Actor Peter Saide Passes Away at 36

According to an Instagram post from February 14, Saide was recently being treated in a New York hospital.

By: Feb. 27, 2020

Australian Actor Peter Saide Passes Away at 36

Peter Saide, Australian actor who recently appeared on stage in Last Days of Summer at George Street Playhouse, Desperate Measures Off-Broadway and more has died at the age of 36.

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Actor Edward Miskie commented, "I am completely beside myself, and at a loss of understanding. I keep hoping I'll wake up from this nightmare or someone will reveal that it's an elaborate, cruel joke. I saw Peter on Monday - he was walking, and moving around, and so excited to be out of the woods from his surgery. He had things on the horizon he was pumped about, and despite his slow pace, he was still sparking for life. Peter was a good man. He was truly great in everything - hard working, the best attitude, an embarrassment of riches of talent... I truly believed he was going to be a massive star. The fact that he is gone now completely blows my mind and breaks my heart. There will never be anyone quite like Peter. God speed, brother."

According to an Instagram post from February 14, Saide was recently being treated in a New York hospital.

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Below is the official statement from Peter's father, Tom Saide:

Our Son, Brother, Uncle, and your friend, had two very risky but successful operations in the weeks before his death to remove a bone growing into his spinal cord. He had a successful rehab and returned to his home on a walking stick. While in rehab he was diagnosed with a DVT which was treated. Complications from the DVT sent him to his local emergency dept on 26 Feb, his heart stopped and he was unable to be resuscitated.

And, of course, none of this matters, other than to create a skeleton around which your loving stories are being told and around which we will create our own. We have no 'what ifs' or 'if thens' in our family - some people will need to explore 'what if 'this', then he could have lived longer', we stand in awe of a life well lived which could not have been better.

Looking for a reason for his death is painful and fruitless. Do not bathe in that acid sea.. There is no reason. We live our lives in this perfectly random universe. Life is not fair. The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong. It is only when we realise these things that we may well burst out with laughter. Peter did. Frequently.
This tall man, this emotional giant, this generous lover, this gentle being, this tender soul, this cradle of woes, this faithful son, this loyal brother, this fountain of so many gifts, was forged for us through relentless hurts, and hits to the heart that landed him in the gutter from which he clambered out and gave us ... everything. How can our lives not now be changed forever, it is as if his love would break us if he lived another day.

So he is gone. You will not find him in any church, the theatre was his cathedral and the table his alter. And when you are on the stage, or writing the stories, or composing or playing or singing the music, or off the stage working in your field, or in a quite place. stop for a nano second and he will be there if you want him.

We are forever grateful for all of you who have poured out your hearts and exposed your wounds on this page. Every one of your tears is a salve for our aching hearts.
We will have a private cremation in NYC and a gathering for his closest friends afterwards. Please do not be upset if we miss you, we will do the best we can. I will post the date and time as soon as I know it and you might want to gather in your own communities and be with us and Peter at that time.

With apologies "We loved him more than words can wield the matter; dearer than eye-sight, space, and liberty, beyond what can be valued, rich or rare; no less than life, with grace, health, beauty, honor; as much as child e'er loved, or father found; a love that makes breath poor, and speech unable; beyond all manner of so much we loved him."

Tom Saide - Dad
Marilyn Kingsford - Mum
Carmen Saide - Sister (with Rob and Elijah)
Anna Satmari - Sister (With Antony, Leela and Emily)"

Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter-Keddy

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