Watch Johnny Ruffo's last special appearance before his death

"It was so incredible to see the joy."

Last month, Australia mourned actor and singer Johnny Ruffo who died, aged 35, after a long battle with brain cancer.

Now a special appearance from the former Home and Away star has been uploaded by Amazon Playmakers to raise money for the Starlight Foundation, with Johnny's family having permitted to have the video shared.

The Amazon Playmakers are the Starlight 'superheroes' enlisted to help test and rate an array of games, gadgets, and dolls for Amazon. Amazon Australia has been teaming up with children across the country chosen by Starlight Children’s Foundation to review the top 100 holiday toys every year since 2019.

Johnny, who is playing the toy xylophone in the video, is surrounded by kids dancing and singing as Aussie singer Budjerah belts out a rendition of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).

Johnny Ruffo playing xylophone with Starlight foundation
Johnny Ruffo's last public appearance in Amazon Playmaker's Christmas special. Photo:

Johnny said at the time during the filming of the special appearance: "I was particularly excited to see the kids in action in the music video as being a singer myself, it was so incredible to see the joy it brought them.”


Johnny passed away on November 10, after first being diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017. After going into remission, his brain cancer returned with Johnny telling Channel Seven's Spotlight that the cancer was incredibly rare, accounting for less than 1 per cent of all brain tumours.

Johnny's good friend Lynne McGranger said if his life wasn't overtaken by illness, he would've gone on to even greater things.

“I think had his illness not got in the way, he might’ve gone on to do even bigger and better things,” she told Spotlight.

For every view of the video on YouTube, Amazon Australia will donate $1 to Starlight (up until $100,000).

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