Home and Away star Johnny Ruffo dies aged 35 after long battle with brain cancer

Actor and singer Johnny Ruffo has died aged 35 following a long brain cancer battle.

The Australian star, famed for playing Chris Harrington in Home and Away, tragically passed away on Friday 10 November at a hospital in Sydney surrounded by his family and partner Tahnee Sims.

News of Johnny's passing was shared on his Instagram account on Friday morning. The announcement read: "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."

The statement continued: "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.

"We all love you Johnny and will remember you for all the joy you brought to our lives. Rest easy."

Dozens of fans and fellow celebrities flocked to pay tribute to Johnny, with Dannii Minogue writing: "The cheekiest chap. His voice, smile and dancing feet will be missed by so many. Thinking of his family in this heart breaking time".

"My heart just broke," Spice Girls star Mel B wrote, and actress Georgie Parker penned: "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 found fame on X Factor Australia in 2011, coming in third place in the competition. The following year, his debut single On Top was released and he went on to compete on Dancing With The Stars, taking home the winners trophy.

In 2013, he launched his acting career and landed the role of Chris Harrington in Home and Away. He was initially only contracted to appear in a few episodes, but this was soon extended and he became a series regular until departing the Channel Seven show in 2016.

In 2017, he starred in two episodes of House of Bond as Dave King, before going on to join the cast of hit Australian soap Neighbours as Owen Campbell in 2020, appearing in six episodes in total.

Johnny was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017 after seeking help for painful migraines. In 2019, he announced his cancer was in remission but the following year it sadly returned. Last year, the star confirmed his cancer was terminal.

Johnny has been documenting his cancer battle on Instagram along with his partner Tahnee, 29, who he began dating back in 2015.

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