Former Home and Away star confirms his brain cancer has returned

Susannah Alexander
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Photo credit: Brendon Thorne - Getty Images

From Digital Spy

Former Home and Away actor Johnny Ruffo has revealed the sad news that his brain cancer has returned.

Singer, songwriter and actor Ruffo, who played Chris Harrington in the Australian soap between 2013 and 2016, confirmed his diagnosis on Instagram as he shared a photo of himself next to his girlfriend Tahnee Sims.

"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, though i will dig deep and beat this shit disease again," he wrote.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

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Ruffo received an outpouring of support from fans and Home and Away co-stars, with Geoff Campbell actor Lincoln Lewis commenting: "F**k 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, who plays Roo Stewart, sent the actor her love, writing: "Yes you will. All my love to you Johnny", while Kirsty Sutherland actress Christie Hayes commented: "F**k cancer indeed. You will get through this my friend... stay strong as you have been and we are all here for you xxx".

Lynne McGranger, who plays Irene Roberts, wrote: "See you tomorrow my strong, sassy, politically incorrect, warrior friend", and Leah Patterson-Baker actress Ada Nicodemou said: "So so sorry to hear this Johnny, you are so incredibly strong and brave and you will beat this once again".

Ruffo previously announced that he had undergone surgery to remove a 7cm brain tumour in August 2017, before undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy. He confirmed in 2019 that he was now cancer-free.

Ruffo, who has also appeared on The X Factor Australia, took on a guest role in Neighbours earlier this year when he played prison guard Owen, who became romantically involved with prisoner Andrea Somers / Fake Dee (Madeleine West).

Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5 (UK) and Mondays to Thursdays at 7pm on Channel 7 (Australia).

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