Thursday, 2 October 2008
Rob Guest died overnight in Melbourne after suffering a massive stroke.
Guest, 57, who had been starring in the musical Wicked, was admitted to Melbourne's St Vincent's Hospital on Tuesday night.
He died peacefully in the hospital last night.
The English born entertainer rose to pop fame in New Zealand in the 1970s when he began performing with Columbus on the television show Happen In.
His stage musical career brought him to Australia where he starred in Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera.
He was awarded an OBE for his services to the New Zealand entertainment industry in 1994.
Guest was the world's longest serving Phantom having played the role a record 2289 performances over seven years in front of Australian and New Zealand audiences.