John Farnham’s sons on their father’s ‘cruel and brutal’ cancer battle
John Farnham’s sons have spoken out about their father’s devastating cancer battle.
The legendary Australian singer, 73, was diagnosed with oral cancer last August and underwent a 12-hour operation to have a tumor removed.
Last month, he was hospitalized again with a lung infection, his family confirmed.
In an interview with this month’s edition of Australian women’s magazineRobert and James Farnham described their father’s courage and resilience.
“You have to stay positive and not get stuck,” said Robert (43).
John Farnham’s sons have spoken out about their father’s battle with cancer. (Pictured: A 2018 photo of Jill and John Farnham with sons Robert and James on their 45th wedding anniversary)
“It’s cruel and unforgiving, but it’s the cards you’re dealt in life and Cancer doesn’t care who you are.”
John’s sons said they were incredibly proud of the You’re the Voice star as he takes on the toughest battle of his life.
“He inspires us every day, but he always has,” added Rob.
In an interview with this month’s edition of The Australian Women’s Weekly, Robert and James Farnham (featured on A Current Affair in October) described their father’s courage and resilience
John’s eldest son also noted that his father was showing positive signs in his recovery, especially after his most recent surgery.
Farnham is unlikely to ever perform again after being diagnosed with oral cancer last year.
A new documentary reveals the hardships the hitmaker faced after his teen pop stardom faded.
Farnham is unlikely to ever perform again after being diagnosed with oral cancer last year
A trailer for the film was released last week, and despite touching on some very heavy subjects, it tells the inspiring story of the Australian music icon who lost everything – but after one last try, he became a much bigger sensation.
In never-before-seen footage, John talks about his financial problems, his depression and his battle against people who didn’t believe he could become a star again.
“Whether I was working or sleeping, so when I was awake I was vulnerable,” Farnham says in the trailer. “People never saw me as a credible singer.”
Farnham was recently hospitalized again with a lung infection, his family confirmed in a statement on March 31
The singer admitted that after his teenage fame faded, his wife Jill suggested they treat themselves and their son Rob to dinner at McDonalds.
With a tear in his eye, he explained, “I really couldn’t handle them. We didn’t have the money.’
The trailer is filled with famous faces including Celine Dion, Robbie Williams, Olivia Newton-John, Richard Thompson, Jimmy Barnes and Richard Marx.
A documentary reveals the hardships the hitmaker faced after his teen pop stardom faded
“His voice was incredible,” Dion says at the beginning of the trailer, and British pop star Williams agrees, saying, “It fills the gap where religion should be.”
The iconic late Olivia Newton-John adds, “Music is so important to us. It can heal you, it can go straight to someone’s heart.”
Farnham was rushed to hospital late last month with a respiratory infection.
The crooner was recovering from major surgery at a rehabilitation center before being re-hospitalized with a lung infection.
“He is currently being treated in hospital for a respiratory infection, but he is feeling well and is receiving the very best care,” his family said in a statement.
Farnham underwent 12-hour surgery to have a tumor removed at a Melbourne hospital last August, shortly after being diagnosed with oral cancer.
He only discovered he had the cancerous growth in his mouth after his wife insisted on taking him to the doctor for a check-up.
Farnham’s team announced at the time that it was ‘unlikely’ that he would ever feature again.
Farnham only discovered he had the cancerous growth in his mouth after his wife insisted on taking him to the doctor for a check-up