Pua Magasiva has been remembered for his humour, kindness and talent by friends, colleagues and stars from around the world.
The former Shortland Street actor was found dead in Wellington on Saturday morning.
There were no suspicious circumstances.
Stuff.co.nz reports the 38‑year‑old was best known for his role as Shortland Street nurse Vinnie Kruse, who he played for more than seven years.
A post on the Shortland Street Instagram page said staff were "absolutely devastated" at the news.
As well as appearing in more than 450 Shortland Street episodes, he was known for his roles in Power Rangers Ninja Storm, Sione's Wedding, and television series Auckland Daze and Outrageous Fortune.
He leaves a daughter from his first marriage and wife Lizz Sadler, who he married last year.