Beloved TV star, passes away at 35 after battle with brain cancer

Written by Jeppe W

Nov.10 - 2023 9:54 AM CET

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Johnny Ruffo, the cherished Australian actor and singer, has passed away at the age of 35 following a prolonged battle with brain cancer.

The news of his passing was shared by his family in an emotional Instagram post, stating that Ruffo had been surrounded by his partner Tahnee Sims and family members in his final moments.

Ruffo, known for his role in "Home and Away," was first diagnosed with brain cancer five years ago after experiencing severe headaches, initially mistaken for migraines.

An emergency visit to the hospital revealed a brain tumor, leading to immediate surgery and subsequent treatment, after which he was declared cancer-free.

However, the relief was short-lived as the cancer returned, and Ruffo was declared terminally ill last year. In an interview on “The Project,”

Ruffo expressed his concerns for his partner Tahnee Sims, highlighting the emotional toll the diagnosis had taken on her.

Johnny Ruffo first gained fame in 2011 when he competed in the Australian version of "X Factor," finishing in third place.

His journey on the show captured the hearts of many, and his subsequent entertainment career saw him become a beloved figure in Australia.

His death brings to a close a life marked by artistic talent and personal resilience, leaving fans and loved ones in mourning.

Ruffo's story has been an inspiration to many, especially those battling cancer, as he faced his diagnosis with bravery and openness.

See Johnny Ruffo's goodbye on his Instagram profile here:

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