The son of iconic Australian musician, John Farnham, has revealed that the entertainment icon is in “good spirits” as he continues his road to recovery following surgery and treatment for cancer.
In a recent interview with New Idea, Robert Farnham, spoke about his upcoming wedding and that despite recent health battles, his father will “definitely be” at the ceremony.
“It’s all good things. It’s a long road ahead for Dad, but he’s in good spirits,” he told the publication.
“The doctors are really happy with his progress, so there are no dark clouds hanging over us.
“He just finished radiotherapy and he’s busy cracking jokes, making everybody laugh. He’ll definitely be at our wedding, for sure. He ain’t going nowhere!”
Earlier this year Farnham was admitted to hospital in Victoria on August 23 for “surgery and ongoing treatment” after doctors discovered “a cancerous growth”.
At the time, Farnham delivered 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.
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Farnham’s sons, Robert and James, recently spoke to A Current Affair where they opened up about their father’s diagnosis and how his recovery is progressing while thanking the public for their support during a difficult time.
“It was beautiful to see the amazing messages. It’s a strange thing, everyone just feels that they are a part of it if that makes any sense. But it’s a good feeling,” Robert said.
Farnham is widely considered one of Australia’s most popular performers and is known for his highly successful 1986 album Whispering Jack which became the biggest-selling Australian album of all time by a local artist and held the top spot on the charts for 25 weeks. In the same year his solo single You’re the Voice also reached the number one spot.
Farnham’s talent and musical success have seen him recognised with 19 ARIA awards, and an induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2003. He also spent five years in a row as the King of Pop as voted by TV Week readers.