Rebecca Gibney tearfully remembers the last time she hugged her dad before he ...

Actress Rebecca Gibney has tearfully recalled the last time she saw her father alive before he died of a heart attacked aged 51.

The 53-year-old Logie award-winning television star, best known for playing Julie Rafter in Packed To The Rafters, visited her childhood home in Wellington, New Zealand, for the first time since 1984.

From the front door of her parents' old bedroom, she had tears in her eyes as she remembered giving her alcoholic father Austin a hug as he sat at the end of his bed.

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Actress Rebecca Gibney has tearfully recalled the last time she saw her father alive before he died of a heart attack aged 51

The 53-year-old Logie award-winning television star (pictured in an undated family image) visited her childhood home at Wellington, in New Zealand, for the first time since 1984

The 53-year-old Logie award-winning television star (pictured in an undated family image) visited her childhood home at Wellington, in New Zealand, for the first time since 1984

'He hadn’t been feeling very well and he never hugged me so I leaned down and gave him a hug and said, "See you tomorrow you silly old bugger, I'll be back",' she told Julia Zemiro's Home Delivery on the ABC.

'He just looked up and said, "Take care of yourself" and I went, "Yeah, of course".

'Then he died that night. He had a heart attack and he'd been complaining of chest pains.'

Gibney had been caring for her alcoholic father, who was frustrated working as a drycleaner, during the final months of his life when she was in her early twenties working as a model and starring in a New Zealand children's TV series.

'I got so angry because I thought I'm finally getting to know this man,' she said.

Rebecca Gibney (pictured with her older brother Patrick) was angry her alcoholic father had died just as she was getting to know him

Rebecca Gibney (pictured with her

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