Johnny Ruffo’s family: Get to know all about his parents and siblings

Johnny Ruffo

Johnny Ruffo was an Australian singer, songwriter, dancer, actor and television presenter notable for being a finalist on the third season of The X Factor Australia in 2011.

He was the last contestant eliminated in the competition and subsequently signed a recording contract with Sony Music Australia.

In 2012, Ruffo won the twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars Australia.

His debut single “On Top”, released in June 2012, peaked at number 14 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified platinum.

Ruffo starred in the Australian soap opera Home and Away as Chris Harrington for three years from 2013 to 2016.

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Johnny Ruffo Bio

Johnny Ruffo was born John Patrick Ruffo in Balcatta, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, to parents Jill and Pascoe Ruffo.

Ruffo’s parents separated when he was three years old. He spent most of his youth living in a small Homeswest unit with his mother.

At the age of 12, Ruffo began pursuing his dream in music, following in the footsteps of his idol, Michael Jackson.

He also taught himself how to play the guitar and piano, and wrote his first song at the age of 14.

Ruffo was educated at Balcatta Senior High School.

Before entering The X Factor, he worked as a concreter and got into the business thanks to his father who works in the trade.

Ruffo also performed around Perth with electropop band, Supanova. Ruffo died on 10 November 2023 at the age of 35.

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Ruffo had a successful career in music and television. Some of his career highlights include:

The X Factor Australia: He was a finalist on the third season of the singing competition in 2011, finishing in third place and signing a record deal with Sony Music Australia.

Dancing with the Stars Australia: He won the twelfth season of the dance competition in 2012, showcasing his skills in various styles of dance.

Home and Away: He played the role of Chris Harrington on the popular soap opera from 2013 to 2016, earning a Logie Award nomination for Most Popular New Talent in 2014.

Music releases: He released several singles and an album, Untouchable, between 2012 and 2014, achieving chart success and platinum certification for some of his songs.

No Finish Line: He wrote a memoir about his life and career, published in 2023, shortly before his death.

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Johnny Ruffo Parents

Johnny Ruffo’s parents are Jill Ruffo and Pascoe Ruffo.

They separated when he was three years old and he lived with his mother in a small unit in Perth, Western Australia.

Before entering The X Factor, he worked as a concreter and got into the business thanks to his father who works in the trade.

Johnny Ruffo Siblings

Johnny Ruffo had one brother named Michael Ruffo.

Ruffo has a two-year age gap with his brother Michael and fondly said they are “thick as thieves”.

Ruffo said his brother was his “closest” confidante other than his girlfriend Tahnee Sims.

“We’re thick as thieves. Honestly, he is my hero, he is everything to me.” he said.

Johnny Ruffo Family

Ruffo’s family consists of:

Mother, Jill Ruffo.
Father, Pascoe Ruffo.
Brother, Michael Ruffo.
Girlfriend, Tahnee Sims.

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Former Home And Away star Johnny Ruffo dies aged 35

How did Johnny Ruffo die?

Johnny Ruffo has died aged 35, after a battle with brain cancer.

Ruffo was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017, and underwent surgery to remove a tumour, but the cancer returned three years later.

Last August, Ruffo revealed that his diagnosis was terminal.

“It is with a heavy heart that today we had to farewell our beloved Johnny,” the statement read.

“Surrounded by his partner Tahnee and family, Johnny went peacefully with the support of some incredible nurses and doctors.

“He was a very talented, charming and sometimes cheeky boy. Johnny was very determined and had a strong will. He battled all the way to the end and fought as hard as he could. Such a beautiful soul with so much more to give.

“We all love you Johnny and will remember you for all the joy you brought to our lives. Rest easy.”

His death was announced in a statement shared to his Instagram account on Friday.