Johnny Ruffo

My heart just broke”: Aussie entertainment industry pay tribute to Johnny Ruffo 

Johnny Ruffo passed away, age 35

Key figures from the Australian entertainment industry have begun to share their heartbreak over the news that actor and singer Johnny Ruffo has died.

Ruffo battled brain cancer for six years and was 35 years old when he died.

Johnny’s loved one confirmed his death in an Instagram statement.

“It is with a heavy heart that today we had to farewell our beloved Johnny,” part of the statement read. “Surrounded by his partner Tahnee and family, Johnny went peacefully with the support of some incredible Nurses & Doctors [sic].”

Tributes from the Australian entertainment industry

Moments after the post was uploaded, it was flooded with friends and fans alike sharing their condolences and fond memories of Ruffo.

Below are just some of the comments from notable members of the entertainment industry.

Tai Hara (former Home and Away castmate): “Love you mate” 

Johnny Ruffo and Tai Hara. Instagram.

Mel Greig (Hot 30 Countdown co-host): Shattered there is no one else like you. I’ll miss your cheekiness, talent and the fun we had on the Hot 30 Countdown. Sending so much love to Tahnee and your family.

Taylor Henderson: Oh my goodness this is so heartbreaking I am so sorry to hear this. What an incredible man he is. He gave me such incredible advice at the start of my career and I was always amazed at his work ethic. He really inspired me to keep going what a legend! RIP Johnny thanks for all the joy you brought to this world for others.

Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald: Shattered. An absolute beacon of positivity. Johnny walked into any room and put a smile on everybody’s face. Gonna miss ya brother, watch over us 

Bonnie Anderson: What a man! You always knew how to light up a room Johnny! Sending ever hit of love to all of your loved ones! Absolutely heartbreaking.

Georgie Parker (former Home and Away castmate): Sending love to Johnnys’ family, friends and loved ones. He was truly one in a million, funny, bright and such a hard worker. It’s ridiculously cruel that he’s no longer here. Rest up now Johnny.

Johnny Ruffo and Georgie Parker. Instagram.

Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes: A [star] has moved to the next world. Go well Johhny.

Mel B: My heart just broke

Nick Giannopoulos: Johnny you were one of the bravest souls I’ve ever met. Always with a smile on your face & a positive attitude. You helped give courage & strength to so many all over the world. Rest in Peace my friend.

Nat Bassingthwaite: Oh my. What an incredible human . Sending so much love.

Sarah Roberts (Home and Away) – So devastatingly sad. My heart is absolutely broken. Life just isn’t fair. @johnny_ruffo you will continue to be an inspiration to all of us. I’m sending all my love to Johnny’s family, dear friends & beautiful Tahnee 

Casey Donovan:  Brave, courageous, strong, resilient and a fighter till the end, you will be missed by all. Rest easy Johnny  Love, thoughts and condolences to his partner, family and friends.

Danni Minogue: The cheekiest chap. His voice, smile and dancing feet will be missed by so many. Thinking of his family in this heart breaking time.

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Johnny Ruffo on X Factor. Instagram.

Takaya Honda (Neighbours): RIP mate, it was a privilege to have met you.

Penny McNamee (Former Home & Away castmate): Oh Johnny. He was the first cast member I ever met on Home and Away and he was instantly warm, funny and self-deprecating. What joy he brought to the world. Sending all my love to Tahnee, and all of Johnny’s family and friends. 

Lisa Origliasso (The Veronicas): rest easy sweetest angel.

Johanna Griggs: Hopefully, finally at peace once more. Sending so much love to his family and loved ones. 

Layla Subritzky (Big Brother): Omg Johnny……. this is devastating news anyone to have known you was absolutely privileged. What a big fight you had to put up. Now you Rest Easy in Love, you absolute Legend! Thinking of all of Johnnys family and love to Tahnee.

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Johnny Ruffo and girlfriend Tahnee Sims. Instagram.

Rest easy, Johnny Ruffo.

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