Australian actor and singer Johnny Ruffo has sadly passed away at age 35 after a long battle with brain cancer.
A statement on his confirmed that Ruffo passed away today, November 10th, six years after he was first diagnosed.
“It is with a heavy heart that today we had to farewell our beloved Johnny,” the statement said.
“Surrounded by his partner Tahnee and family, Johnny went peacefully with the support of some incredible nurses and doctors.
“He was a very talented, charming and sometimes cheeky boy. Johnny was very determined and had a strong will.
“He battled all the way to the end and fought as hard as he could.”
Ruffo first entered the public eye as a contestant on X Factor Australia in 2011 where he came runner-up. From there, he went on to score a record deal with a major record label and was offered a part in Home and Away, which he took.
Channel 7 release a statement
Seven released a statement, paying tribute to the late actor.
“Seven is deeply saddened by the passing of Johnny Ruffo. The talented and charismatic performer was born to entertain and brought joy to the lives of so many on and off the screen. His infectious energy and big heart will be missed by all who had the privilege to know him. We pass on our heartfelt condolences to Johnny’s partner, family and friends.
“Following his breakout appearance on the 2011 season of The X Factor, Johnny went on to win the 2012 season of Dancing With The Stars, before becoming a beloved member of the Home and Away family for three and a half years in the role of Chris Harrington.”
Ruffo was first diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017, and again in 2020.