Recalling Memorable Life Of Johnny Ruffo

Johnny Ruffo was an Australian singer, songwriter, musician, actor, dancer, and television presenter. In this article we will recall the memorable life of Johnny Ruffo, so read ahead to know about this legendary singer.

Early Life

Johnny Ruffo, full name is John Patrick Ruffo was born on 8 March 1988, in Balcatta, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia. He was born to Jill and Pascoe Ruffo. His father was a businessman. His parents parted ways when he was just three years old. He spent most of his youth with his mother living in a small Homeswest unit. He was a very joyful person.

Educational Background

He attended Balcatta Senior High School. He was more interested in music. He also taught himself how to play the guitar and piano at a very young age.


Johnny Ruffo was 35 years old at the time of his death. However, he was not married. He was in a relationship with Tahnee Sims, who works in product development for fashion brand White Fox Boutique. They started dating in 2015. Their life shattered when he was diagnosed with brain cancer just after two years of their togetherness. But Tahnee did not leave his side. She was beside him throughout his battle. He considered her as his ‘guardian angel.’ She never let him feel low. She supported him in his hard times until his death. She still can’t forget him. We can feel her pain through her Instagram posts.


Johnny started pursuing his dream at the age of 12. At 14, he wrote his first song. He was influenced by Michael Jackson, Usher, and Justin Timberlake. In 2011, he appeared in the third season of “The X Factor Australia” which raised him to prominence. He was the last contestant to be eliminated. Ruffo’s debut single “On Top” was released in 2012, and ranked fourteenth on the ARIA Singles Chart, and was certified platinum. He released his second debut single “Take It Home” in 2012 which earned a gold music certification and peaked at number thirty in Australia. Throughout his musical career, he released seven singles.

Apart from music, he also appeared in reality television. He won the twelfth season of “Dancing with the Stars Australia.” He played the role of Chris Harrington in “Home and Away”, an Australian television soap opera. He made his appearances in many other television shows.

Remarkable Works of Johnny

  • On Top
  • Take It Home
  • Untouchable
  • She Got That O
  • White Christmas
  • Broken Glass

Net Worth

Johnny Ruffo had an estimated net worth of $1-$5 million. He earned all his wealth from various sources.

Social Media Presence

He was very active on social media platforms. He used to give updates on his health on his social media pages. He had 279k followers on his Instagram account.

What Was the Cause of His Death?

He was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017, and after treatment, he recovered fully. In 2020, the cancer returned. In August 2022, he announced on his social media pages that his cancer was terminal. Ruffo wanted to live until Christmas. Sadly, he left this world on 10 November 2023.


Although Johnny Ruffo is not among us, his memories, and his musical works will always be with us. He was a real warrior who fought until death with a smile on his face.

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