Vicious Disease Leads to Actor Johnny Ruffo’s Death at 35
X Factor Australia Star Johnny Ruffo’s cause of death was disclosed after his death on November 10, 2023, at the age of 35. May he rest in peace.
Ruffo had received a terminal brain cancer diagnosis last year and the sad news of his death was shared in an Instagram post on his account on Friday.
“It is with a heavy heart that today we had to farewell our beloved Johnny,” the message began.
“Surrounded by his partner Tahnee and family, Johnny went peacefully with the support of some incredible Nurses & Doctors,” the statement read, noting that Ruffo 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,” the statement read. “Such a beautiful soul with so much more to give.”
The announcement concluded with a heartfelt message of remembrance for the late singer: “We all love you Johnny and will remember you for all the joy you brought to our lives. Rest easy ❤️”
John Patrick Ruffo was born on March 8, 1988, in Balcatta, Western Australia, Australia. He worked as a concreter and performed in an electro-pop band before he was thrust into the spotlight in 2011.
Ruffo auditioned for The X Factor, according to a report from 7 News in Australia. He ultimately placed 3rd in the third season of the singing competition but went on to continue his music profession with Sony Music Australia.
Johnny released several singles and even a duet with his X Factor mentor, singer Guy Sebastian. He even won Australia’s Dancing with the Stars in 2012.
That same year, Ruffo supported One Direction, the Backstreet Boys, and New Kids on the Block. He appeared in the role of Chris Harrington in the Australian soap opera Home and Away.
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Brain cancer Reported as Johnny Ruffo’s Cause of Death
Brain cancer was reported as Johnny Ruffo’s cause of death at the age of 35. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017 and in the last few months, it had become irreversible.
The late actor was first diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017 and underwent treatment for two years Ruffo entered remission, before announcing in 2020 that his cancer had returned.
“After an unexpected week of seizures and excruciating headaches it is with a heavy heart that I have to let you know I now have another huge battle ahead of me as my brain cancer has returned, though I will dig deep and beat this s— disease again,” he captioned an Instagram post from November 24, 2020.
Ruffo revealed in August 2022 that his cancer had become terminal. “Looking up my diagnosis and my tumor and… the average life expectancy was three years,” Ruffo told Australia’s Channel 10 last year, per the BBC. “For me it’s now been five years, so I’m already winning.”
“At some point it is going to get me…My goal now is to try and help as many people as I can,” Ruffo also said in the interview.
He released a new song titled “Broken Glass‘ in 2019 after going into remission, and before revealing his terminal diagnosis, Ruffo wrote a memoir titled No Finish Line, which was published in August 2022.
Although he didn’t return to acting, he shared details of his treatment and life with partner Tahnee Sims on his social media.
“So proud to see this come to life 📚😃 ‘No Finish Line’ my first ever book will be out in stores on August 30 & available now for pre-order through all good bookstores! I hope you enjoy reading this as much as i did writing it 💜” Ruffo wrote on Instagram in July 2022.
According to photos he uploaded to his Instagram, the actor spent his final few months traveling to places like Queenstown, New Zealand, and also spending time with friends and family.
Several former judges from Australia’s version of The X Factor shared their tributes and condolences in the post, with Spice Girl Mel B writing, “My heart just broke.”
Danii Minogue remembered the late star as the “cheekiest chap,” writing that “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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