Actor & Singer Johnny Ruffo Dies Age 35

"He battled all the way to the end and fought as hard as he could."

Australian actor Johnny Ruffo has died, aged just 35.

The sad news was announced via a statement shared to Ruffo’s Instagram page, which 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 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. 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.”

Ruffo originally hailed from Western Australia, and emerged as a finalist on the X-Factor in 2011.

He went on to sign a contract with Sony Music Australia, and released his debut single, On Top, in 2012. 

The following year he scored a role on hit soap opera Home And Away, which he starred on until 2016.

In 2017, Ruffo was diagnosed with brain cancer after suffering frequent migraines. He underwent surgery to have the tumour removed that same year.

Johnny Ruffo. (Credit: @johnny_ruffo)

Two years later, Ruffo announced his cancer was in remission, however in 2020 the cancer had returned. By August 2022, Johnny confirmed his diagnosis was now terminal in an emotional interview with Carrie Bickmore on The Project. 

“Looking up my diagnosis and my tumour, the average life expectancy was three years. And for me it’s been five years,” he said at the time. 

“I’m already winning. My goal now is to try and help as many people as I can and also live a happy life.”

Ruffo was candid in sharing his battle with his followers on Instagram. In August of this year, he and his partner Tahnee commemorated six years since his diagnosis, with a montage of snaps including Ruffo recovering from surgery.

He also published a book, No Finish Line, which chronicled his life and battle with the aggressive disease.

(Credit: @johnny_ruffo)

Ruffos’s passing has garnered an influx of support from industry peers, with several taking to Instagram to share their condolences.

Co-host of The Morning Show Kylie Gillies wrote on Friday, “Oh darling boy.

“Sending love all the who knew and loved you… There were so many.”

Former Spice Girl and current X Factor judge Mel B said, “My heart just broke.”

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