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John Ruffo Bio, Age, Family, Girlfriend, Career, Net Worth, Battling with Brain Cancer, Death, and More

John Ruffo, an Australian singer, songwriter, musician, dancer, actor, and television presenter, gained prominence as a finalist on the third season of The X Factor Australia in 2011.

As the final contestant eliminated in the competition, he secured a recording contract with Sony Music Australia. In 2012, Ruffo emerged victorious in the twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars Australia. His inaugural single, “On Top,” launched in June 2012, achieved a peak position at number 14 on the ARIA Singles Chart and attained platinum certification. From 2013 to 2016, Ruffo portrayed the character Chris Harrington in the television series Home and Away.



Height- 1.79 m

Weight- 70 kg

Full name- John Patrick Ruffo

Born- 8 March 1988

Birth place- Balcatta, Australia

Died-10 November 2023

Spouse- Tahnee Sims

Profession- Australian singer-songwriter

Nationality- Australian


Born on March 8, 1988, in Balcatta, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, John Patrick Ruffo is the son of Jill and Pascoe Ruffo. His parents separated when he was three years old, and he spent the majority of his youth residing in a small Homeswest unit with his mother.

John Ruffo family


Johnny Ruffo has shared eight years of relationship with his partner, Tahnee Sims. Their journey began at a dance studio, and tragically, just two years into their relationship, Johnny received a diagnosis of brain cancer in 2017.

John Ruffo girlfriend tahnee sims


At the age of 12, John Patrick Ruffo embarked on his musical journey, inspired by his idol Michael Jackson. Alongside teaching himself to play the guitar and piano, he wrote his first song at the age of 14. Ruffo attended Balcatta Senior High School and, before entering The X Factor, worked as a concreter, influenced by his father’s involvement in the trade. He also performed in Perth with the electropop band Supanova.

Successfully auditioning for the third season of The X Factor Australia in 2011, he sang Jay Sean’s “Do You Remember” and advanced to the live shows, mentored by Guy Sebastian. Although he was the last contestant eliminated on November 22, 2011, with Reece Mastin declared the winner, Ruffo’s talent garnered attention.

Post The X Factor, Ruffo revealed on November 30, 2011, that he had been offered a record deal with a major label. In December 2011, he disclosed recording a duet with Guy Sebastian and co-hosted a radio program on Nova FM. He performed at the Melbourne State Library for the Optus Celebrity Carols initiative in December 2011. By January 2012, Ruffo was working on his debut album in New York City and joined Reece Mastin’s tour in Adelaide.

In September 2012, he hosted The X Stream during the fourth season of The X Factor. His second single, “Take It Home,” released on October 19, 2012, reached number 30 on the ARIA Singles Chart.

Ruffo made his acting debut in Home and Away in April 2013 as Chris Harrington, a role initially slated for 16 episodes but extended later. His third single, “Untouchable,” dropped on July 12, 2013, debuting at number 39 on the ARIA Singles Chart. In May 2015, he independently released “She Got That O.” On December 11, 2015, Ruffo released a cover of “White Christmas” as a Christmas single. On April 27, 2016, Channel 7 announced his departure from Home and Away, with Ruffo expressing gratitude for his time on the show and anticipation for future endeavors.

john ruffo career


  • Take It Home- Album: Take It Home2012
  • On Top – Album: On Top2012
  • Untouchable – Album: Untouchabl2013
  • Broken Glass – Album: Broken Glass2019
  • Let’s Get Lost – Album: Let’s Get Lost2021
  • She Got That O
  • How Deep Is Your Love
  • Perfect Fan
  • Brokenhearted
  • White Christmas- Album: White Christmas2015
  • Sir Duke


In 2013, Johnny Ruffo received a nomination for the Poprepublic.tv Awards in the category of Favourite Australian Male Artist. Additionally, in 2014, he was nominated for a Logie Award in the category of Most Popular New Talent for his role in Home and Away.

Net Worth 2023

Johnny Ruffo’s estimated net worth or net income falls within the range of $1 million to $5 million.

 John Patrick Ruffo: Battling Brain Cancer and Embracing Resilience

On August 10, 2017, it was revealed that John Patrick Ruffo had undergone surgery to extract a brain tumor, a discovery made after he sought medical attention for a migraine. Sharing post-surgery images on his social media, Ruffo requested his fans to keep him in their thoughts. A week later, he confirmed being diagnosed with brain cancer and pledged to commence aggressive treatment promptly.

John Ruffo Battling with Brain Cancer

In a May 2019 radio interview with Fitzy & Wippa, Ruffo announced he was currently free of cancer. Subsequently, in June 2019, he released his first single in four years titled “Broken Glass,” expressing its deeply personal and vulnerable nature, loosely inspired by his experiences in the preceding years.

In 2020, Ruffo took on a minor recurring role in Neighbours as prison guard Owen Campbell. However, in November 2020, he disclosed on Instagram that his brain cancer had resurfaced. By June 2021, he confirmed that the cancer was now stable. During this period, he released the single “Let’s Get Lost,” explaining that it was inspired by the desire to escape from the challenges of medication, chemotherapy, and the associated stress.

In September 2022, Ruffo expressed his hope to make it until Christmas.

Johnny Ruffo’s Cause of Death

Johnny Ruffo, the former Home and Away actor and X Factor contestant, has passed away at the age of 35.

In 2017, Ruffo was diagnosed with brain cancer and underwent surgery to remove a tumor. Unfortunately, the cancer recurred three years later, and he revealed the terminal nature of his diagnosis last August. His death was confirmed in a statement posted on his Instagram account on Friday.

John Ruffo death


“With heavy hearts, we bid farewell to our cherished Johnny today,” the statement conveyed. “Surrounded by his partner Tahnee and family, Johnny peacefully departed with the support of dedicated nurses and doctors. A talented, charming, and at times mischievous individual, Johnny exhibited unwavering determination and a strong will. He fought tenaciously until the end, showcasing his beautiful soul and the untapped potential he possessed.”

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