Home and Away star Johnny Ruffo has died at the age of 35 after a long battle with brain cancer.
The heartbreaking news was announced on his Instagram page on Friday.
The actor passed away peacefully with his family and beloved girlfriend Tahnee Sim by his side.
“It is with heavy hearts that we had to say goodbye to our beloved Johnny today,” the statement said.
“Surrounded by his partner Tahnee and family, Johnny passed away peacefully with the support of some incredible nurses and doctors.
Home and Away star Johnny Ruffo has died at the age of 35 after a long battle with brain cancer. The heartbreaking news was announced on his Instagram page on Friday
‘He was a very talented, charming and sometimes cheeky boy. Johnny was very determined and strong-willed. He fought to the end and 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 in peace.’
Johnny was first diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017 after going to hospital with painful migraines.
In August that year, he underwent emergency surgery and had a 7cm brain tumor surgically removed from his frontal lobe before undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
The actor passed away peacefully with his family and beloved girlfriend Tahnee Sim by his side
The former X Factor star then praised his partner Tahnee, calling her his ‘guardian angel’ and saying he doesn’t know what he would do without her.
Johnny went into remission months after his initial diagnosis in 2017, but revealed in November 2021 that the disease had returned.
Earlier this year, Ruffo posted a photo of himself undergoing treatment at the hospital, with his girlfriend Tahnee by his side.
The actor put on a brave face, smiled and gave a thumbs up while sitting in a chair.
“Back in my favorite chair,” he wrote sarcastically alongside the hashtags #ihatethischair and #f**kcancer.
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