Jon English Passes Away Aged 66
Australian singer and actor Jon English has died after suffering an aortic aneurysm following a small operation, just days after a friend described him as "itching" to get back on stage.
He was 66.
His family have released a statement on his official Facebook page.
Just heard the news about Jon English. So incredibly sad. All Together Now was one of the joys of my career. My love to his family.— Rebecca Gibney (@rebeccagibney_) March 9, 2016 " />
The English-born rock star reportedly died surrounded by family, including his wife Carmen Sora, and his four children Jessamin, Josephine, Jonnie and Julian.
Sora and English ended their marriage in 2006.
It is not known whether his present partner Coralea Cameron was present at the time of his death.
According to former manager of 20 years Peter Rix, English was in hospital in Newcastle suffering from broken ribs, but during surgery doctors discovered another issue with his aortic valve.
He was due to tour Australia from May starting in Perth, but was forced to cancel several shows earlier in the week due to "unexpected ill health"
Jon was born in England in 1949 and emigrated to Australia in 1961.
He performed with a number of different bands before finding fame performing in the hit stage musical Jesus Christ Superstar in 1972.
Jon went on to a hugely successful solo career as a recording artist with songs including "Turn the Page", "Hollywood Seven", "Words are Not Enough", "Six Ribbons" and "Hot Town"
He also won a TV Week Logie in 1979 for Best New Talent following his role in Against The Wind.
He returned to his stage roots with award winning roles in shows such as The Pirates Of Penzance, Rasputin, and HMS Pinafore.
In the 90's Jon found a whole new audience with his role as a former rock star Bobby Rivers on the hit TV show All Together Now.
RIP Jon English. A great actor and true rock legend. An all round performer and gentleman. You will be missed mate.— Stevie Jacobs (@sjweather9) March 9, 2016 " />