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John Farnham is unlikely to ever perform again after lifesaving cancer surgery 

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Music legend John Farnham is ‘unlikely’ to ever perform again after undergoing a marathon 12-hour surgery to remove a tumour from his mouth.

The 73-year-old is now stable within the ICU after the operation, carried out by 26 medical staff, on Tuesday, which also saw a significant a part of his jaw removed.

Entertainment reporter Peter Ford said there have been doubts Farnham would take to the stage after the death of his dear friend and manager Glenn Wheatley, but added it was much more unlikely now.

‘Actually now you may have to say there’s even a less probability (of him performing),’ he told 6PR on Wednesday. 

‘The cancer tumour was situated in his mouth and it has been successfully removed,’ his wife Jill Farnham said.

‘There remains to be an extended road of recovery and healing ahead of us, but we all know John is up for that task.’

Farnham is now stable within the ICU and can remain in hospital for a while as he recovers. 

Gaynor Wheatley, the widow of Farnham’s close friend and former manager Glenn Wheatley, said his family only learnt of his cancer a number of weeks ago.

‘I believe John suffers from that man thing that claims ”I’m wonderful”, and was lucky, and we’ve Jill to thank to take him to the doctors (where they) found this legion in his mouth which has now been taken out and addressed,’ she told The Today Show on Wednesday.

Legendary music icon John Farnham is in a stable condition and recovering after a marathon 12-hour operation to remove a cancerous growth from his mouth

Farnham's family confirmed he was in a stable condition in the ICU after the massive surgery on Tuesday

Farnham’s family confirmed he was in a stable condition within the ICU after the huge surgery on Tuesday

JOHN FARNHAM’S ON-AND-OFF SMOKING HABIT 

John Farnham, 73, said he began smoking as a ‘silly’ 14-year-old

His habit lasted until 1992 after he starred because the lead role within the production of Jesus Christ Superstar 

He told the Herald Sun he quit ‘cold turkey’ but 12 years later in 2004 when he was gifted a box of cigars for Christmas, his smoking habit returned

He officially kicked the habit for good just before his seventieth birthday

‘Silly habit. It was slightly easier to quit from cigars, but I’m higher off not smoking, I’m a bloody singer for God’s sake,’ he said.

‘I’m using my lungs. I’ve already noticed the change. I’ve increased my range, I’ve got a bit more to provide, I’ve taken a blockage out.’ 

She said there was no complications overnight, and thanked the ‘hero’ surgeons who operated on Farnham.

‘I believe at one stage there was 26 surgeons, so that they’re our heroes, they’re our rockstars,’ Ms Wheatley said.

She added that Farnham was expected to be ‘looking great’ by Christmas. 

‘There will probably be a time period in hospital just recovering from the surgery, and ongoing treatment to make sure we have got all of it,’ she said. 

The Farnham family confirmed he’s now recovering within the ICU, and thanked medical experts for his or her efforts.

‘We’re in awe of the incredible teams of health care professionals who’ve guided us through this very difficult time with such compassion,’ they said.

‘All of you undertook this big job today and gave us a powerful consequence.

‘To all of the surgeons, doctors, nurses and consultants – thanks every person so very much.’

Entertainment guru Peter Ford revealed Farnham needed to have a part of his jaw removed as a part of the operation.

He added the singer emerged from surgery on Tuesday evening, after ‘cracking jokes’ with hospital staff prior to the fragile procedure.

Ford said the lengthy surgery, which lasted from 8am to 7.30pm, pointed to the ‘severity of the situation’ but said Farnham had been in high spirits. 

‘John now out of surgery and in ICU. He’s in a stable condition. Surgery, as I reported this morning, went almost 12 hours,’ he posted to Twitter.

‘John’s surgery began at 8.00am this morning and was successfully accomplished at 7.30pm tonight. He has now been transferred to ICU and is in a stable condition,’ his family said in an announcement on Tuesday night.

Farnham earlier opened up about his smoking habit, which he says began when he was a ‘silly’ 14-year-old.

He quit ‘cold turkey’ in 1992 after starring in Jesus Christ Superstar, but picked up the habit again with cigars in 2004.

He officially quit smoking for good just before his seventieth birthday

‘Silly habit. It was slightly easier to quit from cigars, but I’m higher off not smoking, I’m a bloody singer for God’s sake,’ he told the Herald Sun in 2019.

‘I’m using my lungs. I’ve already noticed the change. I’ve increased my range, I’ve got a bit more to provide, I’ve taken a blockage out.’ 

Farnham underwent an almost 12-hour surgery to remove a tumour from his mouth on Tuesday

Farnham underwent an almost 12-hour surgery to remove a tumour from his mouth on Tuesday 

Surgeons are confident the operation to remove the cancerous growth will be successful (Pictured: Farnham with Olivia Newton-John in February 2020)

 Surgeons are confident the operation to remove the cancerous growth will probably be successful (Pictured: Farnham with Olivia Newton-John in February 2020)

In a separate statement provided by the family, Farnham said a cancer diagnosis was something many individuals face every day ‘and countless others have walked this path before me’.

‘The one thing I do know needless to say is that we’ve the easiest specialist health care professionals in Victoria and we will all be glad about that. I do know I’m,’ he said.

The family has requested privacy right now.

It comes three years after Farnham was hospitalised with a severe kidney infection.

The music powerhouse previously said the health scare served as a wake-up call and prompted him to provide up smoking.

The musician is being supported by his wife Jill and their two adult sons Robert and James (pictured, the Farnham family pose for a photo in 2018)

The musician is being supported by his wife Jill and their two adult sons Robert and James (pictured, the Farnham family pose for a photograph in 2018)

The musician’s family issued an announcement revealing his cancer battle on Tuesday morning sending shockwaves through the entertainment industry. 

‘We’ve recently discovered that John has a cancerous growth. He has been admitted to hospital this morning for surgery and ongoing treatment,’ it read. 

Farnham also provided an announcement, through which he said cancer diagnosis was something that ‘so many individuals face each day’. 

WHO IS JOHN FARNHAM?

John Peter Farnham is a British-born Australian who was born in Dagenham in Essex, England, in July of 1949.

Farnham was a teen pop idol from 1967 until 1979 and has since forged a profession as a talented solo artist.

In September 1986, his solo single ‘You are The Voice’ peaked at No.1 on the Australian singles charts.

His album ‘Whispering Jack’ held the No.1 position for 25 weeks and is the second-highest selling album in Australian history. 

Farnham is one the country’s best-known rock and pop performers and has won 19 ARIA awards. 

He was named Australian of the 12 months in 1987 and in 1996 an Officer of the Order of Australia. 

Farnham married Jillian Billman, a dancer he met when performing the stage musical in April, 1973. 

The pair share two sons Robert and James and reside in Victoria.

‘The one thing I do know needless to say is that we’ve the easiest healthcare professionals in Victoria, and we will be glad about that. I do know I’m,’ he said.

Ford earlier on Tuesday said Farnham’s family was ‘quietly confident things are going to be wonderful’ and that surgeons were optimistic all traces of the cancerous growth may very well be removed. 

‘They don’t need people panicking. His wife is there, his two sons are there with him. The doctors are confident that they are in a position to get it,’ he said on Sunrise.

‘What’s it, we do now know, the family didn’t need to specify what form of cancer is is or where on the body it’s. Fingers crossed it’ll be an excellent consequence.’ 

Farnham, best known for his iconic Aussie anthem You are the Voice, said cancer was something that ‘so many individuals face each day’.

A source said the musician was being supported by his wife Jill and two adult sons Robert and James. 

The revelation comes just weeks after the Australian music industry was rocked by the death of Farnham’s long-time friend and collaborator, Olivia Newton-John, following her long battle with breast cancer.

The Farnham family expressed their ‘love and sympathies’ to Newton-John’s family in an announcement following her death on August 8.

‘Behind that iconic smile was a tenacious fighter. A stupendous voice and a loyal friend. She will probably be greatly missed,’ the statement read.

He was the last person to perform on stage with Newton-John, on the Fire Fight Australia bushfire relief concert held in February 2020.  He performed three songs and a duet with the Grease star  

John, pictured with wife Jillian Billman in 1973, had recently given up his 56-year smoking habit and cut down on alcohol

John, pictured with wife Jillian Billman in 1973, had recently given up his 56-year smoking habit and cut down on alcohol 

Farnham is most well-known for his hit single You're the Voice, which was released in September 1986

Farnham is most well-known for his hit single You are the Voice, which was released in September 1986

Farnham also lost his long-time friend and manager Glenn Wheatley, 74, in February, who died of complications from Covid-19. 

Farnham’s wife Jillian told Every day Mail Australia on the time that her husband was ‘too unwell’ to publicly discuss the lack of the legendary music producer. 

Wheatley masterminded the rise of Farnham within the early Nineteen Eighties at a time when the musician was struggling to feed his family. 

Farnham's family revealed the news of the legendary singer's cancer diagnosis this morning

Farnham’s family revealed the news of the legendary singer’s cancer diagnosis this morning

Farnham sang his way into Australian hearts as a fresh-faced teenager within the Nineteen Sixties but had faded into near-obscurity before his most famous album Whispering Jack shot him back to the highest some 20 years later.

The 1986 album featured one among the nation’s hottest pop music anthems, You are the Voice, and propelled Farnham to iconic status.

Farnham followed up Whispering Jack along with his chart-topping albums Age of Reason (1988) and Chain Response (1990). 

His cancer diagnosis is just not the primary time Farnham has faced a significant health battle.

In 2019, he was forced to cancel his Australian tour on the last minute when he was admitted to hospital with a severe kidney infection.

‘I didn’t realise until too late. I’d been feeling uncomfortable. My wife Jill had been telling me to go to the doctor,’ he explained on the time. 

‘I used to be very unwell there for some time,’ he said, adding that he was ‘good now’ and ‘it gave me a wake-up call to take care of myself a bit more’. 

The kidney infection developed after he underwent a surgical treatment three months earlier which had also led to shows being cancelled.

Farnham said he completely overhauled his lifestyle after the health scare, including  by quitting smoking and cutting back on alcohol.

After battling the kidney infection, he held a charity concert to support Australia’s farming community through the devastating drought, which raised greater than $4.4million.

Farnham was the last person to perform on stage with Olivia Newton-John, at the Fire Fight Australia bushfire relief concert held in February 2020

Farnham was the last person to perform on stage with Olivia Newton-John, on the Fire Fight Australia bushfire relief concert held in February 2020

‘We’re talking about generations of farmers losing their properties or animals due to drought and in some cases losing their lives or hurting themselves,’ he said on the time.

Farnham has been recognised with several major honours and awards, including 1987 Australian of the 12 months, 1996 Officer of the Order of Australia, and 19 ARIA Awards, including his 2003 induction into the Hall of Fame. 

Farnham was born in 1949 in Dagenham, England, and at age 10 emigrated to Australia along with his family, who settled in Melbourne. 

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