Aussie legend John Farnham has revealed he has been recently diagnosed with cancer and has been admitted to hospital.
In a statement released by a PR agency on Tuesday morning, the singer's family said a cancerous growth had been discovered and he was admitted to hospital this morning for surgery and treatment.
John, 73, said in the statement cancer diagnosis was something people faced every 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 healthcare professionals in Victoria, and we can all be grateful for that. I know I am," he said.
Many fans expressed their shock at the diagnosis and shared their well wishes on social media.
"Honourable John Farnham I hope your operation and treatment of cancer goes well and hope for your speedy recovery," one wrote.
"Good luck to John Farnham who is having surgery today to remove a cancerous growth. That damn ‘C’ word again," another said.
"John Farnham has cancer and in hospital! He’s my idol. My [favourite] Aussie singer. I’ve been to many, many concerts. Get well soon, John!" a third added.
Others said they were devastated his cancer diagnosis came so soon after Aussie icon Olivia Newton-John's death following a 30-year battle with the disease.
John has had an illustrious music career with him landing his first contract when he was just 17.
According to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA), his 1986 album Whispering Jack is one of the best-selling albums in Australia's history.
The first single on the album, You're the Voice, is now an Australian classic across a number of generations.
His other popular songs include Sadie, the Cleaning Lady, Two Strong Hearts and Have a Little Faith In (Us).
His family has asked for privacy as John undergoes his surgery and treatment.
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