Veteran Australian singer John Farnham, 73, has undergone surgery after being diagnosed with cancer.

“John’s surgery began at 8.00am this morning and was successfully completed at 7.30pm tonight. He has now been transferred to ICU and is in a stable condition,” his family said in a statement on Tuesday night.

In a separate statement provided by the family, Farnham said a cancer diagnosis was something many people face each day “and countless others have walked this path before me”.

“The one thing I know for sure is that we have the very best specialist health care professionals in Victoria and we can all be grateful for that. I know I am,” he said.

The family has requested privacy at this time.

It comes three years after Farnham was hospitalised with a severe kidney infection.

The music powerhouse previously said the health scare served as a wake-up call and prompted him to give up smoking, according to News Corp.


Farnham sang his way into Australian hearts as a fresh-faced teenager in the 1960s, but had faded into near-obscurity before his 1986 album Whispering Jack shot him back to the top some 20 years later.

The album produced one of the nation’s best-known anthems, You’re the Voice, and propelled Farnham to hero status.

He followed up Whispering Jack with his chart-topping albums Age of Reason (1988) and Chain Reaction (1990).

Farnham was born in 1949 in Dagenham, England. He emigrated to Australia aged 10 with his family, who settled in Melbourne.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said it was difficult news to hear.

“All Australians love John Farnham,” Mr Albanese said.


“John Farnham has been and continues to be a great Australian. He has not only provided entertainment for Australians over many decades, he also has been a contributor to the nation.”

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews also wished him well.

“He’s such a big part of our story, such a wonderful person, and I wish him and his family well in what is surely a very difficult time,” Mr Andrews told reporters at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre on Tuesday.

A friend and frequent collaborator of Farnham‘s, Newton-John died in her sleep at her California home this month, aged 73, after a recurring fight with breast cancer.

“The Farnham family send love and sympathies to Olivia’s family. Behind that iconic smile was a tenacious fighter. A beautiful voice and a loyal friend. She will be greatly missed,” Farnham‘s official Facebook page posted at the time.

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