Australian musical theatre star Michael Falzon has lost his battle with cancer. He was only 48.

The talented performer who is best known for his roles in We Will Rock You, Rock of Ages and Jesus Christ Superstar, died from a rare form of germ cell cancer that he was diagnosed with last year.

His last production was Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which he finished in June 2019.

Falzon’s publicist Ian Phipps announced the heartbreaking news on Twitter, writing: “Vale Michael Falzon. You fought valiantly until the last, my friend. Your beaming smile, huge talent and incredible positivity will be missed by so many friends, family and fans. We are the better for having known you. Love to Jane and your family.”

In October last year, Falzon discussed his illness on Studio 10, expressing his disbelief at the diagnosis.

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“It was a surprise. I was in rehearsals for Sweeney Todd, I’d just finished Evita, everything was going well, and then you get struck down,” he admitted.

Michael Falzon is survived by his wife, musician Jane Cho.