Carrie Bickmore makes heartfelt tribute to Johnny Ruffo: 'Inspired us all'

The Aussie star lost her first husband to brain cancer, the same disease that took Johnny's life.

Carrie Bickmore has shared a heartfelt tribute to Johnny Ruffo, who sadly passed away aged 35, after a long battle with cancer.

Carrie commemorated the singer and actor on the Carrie and Tommy Show, saying she was lucky to have gotten to know Johnny over the years and wanted to pay tribute to his 'incredible life'.

"Before we get into our regular show, I just wanted to take a moment with the news today that Johnny Ruffo has passed away at the age of 35," Carrie said.

"I was fortunate enough to get to. know Johnny over the years and I really wanted to pay tribute to his incredible life."

'You've left this world better than you found it'

Carrie Bickmore and Johnny Ruffo on the project
Carrie Bickmore interviewed Johnny Ruffo for The Project last year. Photo:

She went on to read out a touching tribute, that featured clips from some of Johnny's interviews, where he cracked jokes but also talked about his hope that he can help people by sharing his own journey.

"Johnny Ruffo's bright light shone across our screens and into our hearts," Carrie said. "His courage in the face of a terminal brain cancer diagnosis inspired us all. And it was the love for his family that kept his light burning bright.


"His vulnerability in sharing his fears about leaving his girlfriend and incredible support, Tahnee Sims broke our hearts. Johnny shared his journey with us, not for sympathy but to light the way for others in the dark," she continued.

"Johnny Ruffo, your legacy will continue to inspire. May you rest in peace, knowing that even at just 35 years of age, you've left this world better than you found it."

Johnny first revealed his health struggles in 2017 after he underwent surgery for a brain tumour, before undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

He was declared cancer-free in 2019. Sadly, his cancer returned, and Carrie interviewed Johnny on The Project last year, where he announced his cancer was terminal and spoke about his fear of leaving his partner Tahnee.

Carrie lost her first husband, Greg Lange, to brain cancer in 2010.

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