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Celebrities Share Tributes to Johnny Ruffo Amidst His Cancer Journey

The former Home and Away star battled brain cancer for six years.
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In November 2020, celebrities and fans took to social media to share messages of support for Johnny Ruffo, who revealed at the time that his brain cancer had returned. 
The former Home and Away star and talented singer was first diagnosed in 2017, and had since been given the all-clear after multiple rounds of chemotherapy.
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His announcement was met with shock and grief from many, who then took to Johnny’s Instagram page to share messages of support.

“In a heartbreaking Instagram post at the time, Johnny shared a picture of himself and his girlfriend Tahnee Simms, writing: “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.”

He added: “Though I will dig deep and beat this s***disease again #fckcancer”
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“Though i will dig deep and beat this sht disease again 👊🏽💜 #fckcancer,” he captioned the post. (Credit: Instagram)
A number of Johnny’s former co-stars and other celebrities who know the talented actor flooded the comments section, with fellow Home and Away star Penny McNamee leading the tributes writing: “Will be praying for you Johnny. You have so much love and support behind you. Xxx.”

Dan Ewing, who also acted alongside Johnny on the hit soap added: “Let’s get after it Ruffo!!”
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Johnny was flooded with messages of support following his heartbreaking diagnosis. (Credit: Instagram)
Lincoln Lewis was also among the celebs who wrote: “F*** man we’re all here with you and cheering you on!!! Sending all our love, support and good energy brother!! You got this.”

Georgie Parker wrote: “Yes you will. All my love to you Johnny.”

While Carrie Bickmore added: “Oh Johnny….Sending so much so love. Kick it’s arse.”
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The actor and musician opened up about a special new project only a few weeks ago. (Credit: Instagram)

Sadly, in November 2023, Johnny’s family shared that the 35-year-old had passed away following his six-year-long battle with brain cancer. 

“It is with a heavy heart that today we had to farewell our beloved Johnny,” read the statement.

“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.”

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