Actor, Dancer, And Singer Dies At 35


Johnny Ruffo, beloved for his role on ‘Home and Away’ and a standout contestant on ‘The X Factor’, has passed away at the age of 35 after bravely battling brain cancer for six years.

The Australian actor, who portrayed Chris Harrington on Home and Away from 2013 to 2016, first gained fame as a finalist on The X Factor in 2012. Following his success on the talent show, Ruffo signed with Sony Music Australia, participated in Australia’s Dancing With the Stars, and continued to make a name for himself in the entertainment industry.

In 2017, Ruffo received a devastating diagnosis of brain cancer. Despite the challenging journey, he remained resilient and determined. His passing was announced on his Instagram account, expressing, “Surrounded by his partner Tahnee [Sims] and family, Johnny went peacefully with the support of some incredible Nurses & Doctors.”


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Johnny Ruffo (@johnny_ruffo)

The statement described Ruffo as a “very talented, charming, and sometimes cheeky boy” with a strong will. It emphasized his valiant fight until the end and acknowledged the beauty of his soul. “We all love you Johnny and will remember you for all the joy you brought to our lives. Rest easy ❤️,” the post concluded.

Celebrities, including former X Factor judge Mel B and Ruffo’s Home and Away co-stars Georgie Parker and Penny McNamee, shared their grief on social media, praising his talent and remembering him as “one in a million.”

Ruffo frequently shared his health journey on Instagram, offering glimpses of his resilience and positive spirit. His partner, Tahnee Sims, posted a slideshow in August showcasing Ruffo’s smiling face and upbeat attitude despite the challenges of his health battle.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Johnny Ruffo (@johnny_ruffo)

In 2022, Ruffo released a memoir titled “No Finish Line,” where he candidly addressed his terminal brain cancer. He reflected on the shared experience of facing cancer and finding strength in identifying reasons to fight each day.

Johnny Ruffo’s legacy extends beyond Home and Away, with notable contributions to House of Bond and Neighbours. His passing leaves a void in the entertainment industry, but his memory will endure through the joy he brought to audiences and the courage he displayed in the face of adversity.

As fans mourn the loss of this talented actor and singer, his impact on the industry and the lives he touched will be remembered with love and admiration. Take a look back at his singing and acting career in the video below!