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Actor & Musician Johnny Ruffo Has Passed Away

Johnny Ruffo, an Aussie actor, musician and TV personality who used his platform to share his brain cancer journey with us all, has sadly passed away.

The former Home & Away and X-Factor star’s loved ones posted a statement on his official social media accounts:

“It is with a heavy heart that today we had to farewell our beloved Johnny. Surrounded by his partner Tahnee and family, Johnny went peacefully with the support of some incredible nurses & 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. Such a beautiful soul with so much more to give.”

The message ends, “We all love you Johnny and will remember you for all the joy you brought to our lives.”

Many of his friends and colleagues shared their love for the young star in the comments including former Spice Girl and X-Factor judge Mel B who wrote, “My heart just broke.”

Actor Georgie Parker described him as “truly one in a million, funny, bright, and such a hard worker,” adding “it’s ridiculously cruel that he’s no longer here.”


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Singer Dannii Minogue said he was “the cheekiest chap. His voice, smile and dancing feet will be missed by so many.”

And radio host Ryan “Fitzy” Fitzgerald said his late friend was “an absolute beacon of positivity. Johnny walked into any room and put a smile on everybody’s face.”

A message from the Charlie Teo Foundation also shares the sad reminder that “brain cancer sadly kills more young people in Australia than any other cancer. This must change.”

Johnny had revealed he’d been diagnosed with cancer in 2017 after experiencing migraines. While he found himself in remission two years later, by November 2020, the cancer had returned.

(Feature Image Credit: Don Arnold/WireImage via Getty Images)

Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.