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‘Forever love’: Johnny Ruffo’s life honoured at Perth memorial

Eli GreenNCA NewsWire
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Loved ones of the late X-Factor singer and Home and Away actor have gathered for a final goodbye after the star lost his battle with brain cancer.
Camera IconLoved ones of the late X-Factor singer and Home and Away actor have gathered for a final goodbye after the star lost his battle with brain cancer. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

Beloved Australian singer and actor Johnny Ruffo has been honoured with a final send-off in a public memorial after losing his battle with brain cancer earlier this month.

Friends and family were seen in tears outside the service for the Home and Away and X-Factor star, which was held at his former high school in the Perth suburb of Balcatta.

Ruffo was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer in 2017 before undergoing surgery.

He announced that he was in remission in 2019 before the cancer tragically returned a year later.

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The performer passed away on November 10, aged 35.

He was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2017. Instagram
Camera IconHe was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2017. Instagram Credit: Supplied
Many mourners were visibly emotional outside the service.NCA NewsWire / Sharon Smith
Camera IconMany mourners were visibly emotional outside the service.NCA NewsWire / Sharon Smith Credit: NCA NewsWire
Loved ones held onto each other for support outside the memorial.NCA NewsWire / Sharon Smith
Camera IconLoved ones held onto each other for support outside the memorial.NCA NewsWire / Sharon Smith Credit: NCA NewsWire

His partner Tahnee Sims broke her silence on Ruffo’s death, posting a heartbreaking Instagram reel of her favourite memories with him along with the caption “a forever love”.

The event is open to the public, but there are strict rules against cameras or photography inside the venue.

Ruffo’s fellow Home and Away co-star Lynne McGranger will deliver a eulogy in memory of her close friend.

Many mourners brought flowers to celebrate his life.NCA NewsWire / Sharon Smith
Camera IconMany mourners brought flowers to celebrate his life.NCA NewsWire / Sharon Smith Credit: NCA NewsWire
Ruffo leaves behind his long-term partner Tahnee Sims. Instagram
Camera IconRuffo leaves behind his long-term partner Tahnee Sims. Instagram Credit: Supplied

More to come.

Originally published as ‘Forever love’: Johnny Ruffo’s life honoured at Perth memorial

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