John Farnham’s close friend shares inspiring update on music icon’s health

Oct 16, 2023
Close friend and the widow of Farnham’s long-time manager Glenn Wheatley, Gaynor Wheatley has revealed his recovery has been "a f****** miracle". Source: Getty Images.

Aussie singing icon John Farnham continues to make strides in his recovery from cancer, a close friend recently revealing that he is “in the rebuild side” of his journey.

In August 2022, the singing icon behind the chart-topping anthem You’re The Voice underwent surgery and treatment for mouth cancer.

Following multiple surgeries, 8 weeks of radiation, and a few setbacks, Farnham was given the “all clear” by doctors in July and is now cancer free.

To celebrate the incredible news, Farnham issued a statement to fans on Wednesday, August 23, his first since receiving surgery in 2022.

“It’s been a year since my first surgery and to be honest I’ve lost count as to how many other procedures there’s been since then,” Farnham began.

“I’m sure someone’s kept track of them all – let’s just say, there’s been a few. But, I’m home now and I’m a very grateful and happy man. I’m sitting here in my living room lapping up the attention from my beautiful wife, Jill, my boys Rob and James and my mini Schnauzer, Edmund.

“It’s only now that I can start to appreciate and comprehend, for myself, how many messages of love and support have been sent to me over the past year. I don’t know what to say, other than thank you so very much. It honestly means the world to me. Thank you to everyone who took the time to write and send a message.

“Today is a special day. And I’m going to mark it by having a pizza – because I can! I can’t wait to see what might be next on the menu. Bring on 2024.”

Now, close friend and the widow of Farnham’s long-time manager Glenn Wheatley, Gaynor Wheatley has revealed to the Daily Telegraph his recovery has been “a f****** miracle”.

“He’s in the rebuild side of the battle and he’s good and he’s funny and his eyes are sparkling blue and it’s wonderful,” she told the publication.

“It’s a f****** miracle.”

Wheatley also opened up about how “chuffed” Farnham has been over the response to his documentary Finding The Voice.

“He was quite the reluctant traveller on the film, he said no one would want to see him, they already knew everything, but he’s chuffed at the response,” she said.

“He just can’t really believe there’s that amount of love out there and that he’s relevant.”

As the 35th-anniversary edition of his 1988 masterpiece Age of Reason prepares to hit the shelves on October 20, Farnham will no doubt receive the love and adoration of his loyal fanbase once more.

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