Legendary Australian singer John Farnham has returned to hospital with a respiratory infection.
The concerning development comes mere months after the You’re the Voice hitmaker underwent surgery and treatment for cancer.
The singer’s family released a statement announcing that “John has been receiving ongoing treatment, care and rehabilitation support over recent months from his medical team.”
“He is currently being treated for a respiratory infection in hospital, but he is comfortable and receiving the very best care,” the statement read.
“John continues his recovery following last year’s successful surgery. He’s always been a strong and determined person with everything he’s ever done, and we are all so very proud of him. He is responding well to the specialist care he’s receiving.
“The family would like re-iterate their appreciation for all the medical staff that have attended to John over the past six months and for all the kind messages that been received from across Australia and the world.
“No further comment is available at this time, and the family appreciates the media’s continued respect for their privacy.”
Farnham was admitted to hospital in Victoria on August 23, 2022 for “surgery and ongoing treatment” after doctors discovered “a cancerous growth”.
At the time, Farnham issued a statement where he expressed his gratitude for having “the best specialist healthcare professionals in Victoria”.
“Cancer diagnosis is something that so many people face every single day, and countless others have walked this path before me,” he said.
Following a “successful” surgery that took a marathon 12 hours, it was announced that Farnham was in a stable condition and on the road to recovery.
Farnham’s wife, Jill, provided an update at the time where she revealed her husband was in “a stable condition in ICU”.
“The cancer tumour was located in his mouth and it has been successfully removed. There is still a long road of recovery and healing ahead of us, but we know John is up for that task,” she said.
Farnham’s latest health update will no doubt be of some concern for his legion of loyal fans, particularly after a close friend of the legendary musician recently revealed that the entertainment icon’s recovery was “going well”.
In a an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Farnham’s co-manager and close friend, David Wilson offered an update regarding Farnham’s recovery.
“It is a process, it is slow and steady as she goes. He is going well,” Wilson said.
He also spoke of how Farnham took centre stage during last year’s family Christmas celebrations.
“The Christmas tradition of after Christmas lunch sitting outside while John hosts music trivia questions continued,” Wilson said.
“He was MC with the family all gathered around and we laughed like drains as we were all tested on our musical knowledge.”