Australian rock legend Jon English has passed away overnight, aged 66.
The beloved singer-songwriter passed away from complications from surgery that, according to his Facebook page, he was “expected to make a full recovery [from] over the coming weeks”.
He died surrounded by family, including his wife Carmen and his four children Jessamin, Josephine, Jonnie and Julian.
English became a household name in the early 1970s for his role as Judas Iscariot in the Australian version of stage musical Jesus Christ Superstar and later as the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance.
Upon entering hospital late last month, English used his Facebook page to communicate with fans after his show schedule was interrupted by the surgery.
Just three days ago, a message appeared on the page stating:
“He apologises to all his fans who were looking forward to the day, but assures everyone he will be back to full health and rocking out on stage with you all again very soon (he is in fact itching to do so!)”.
Entertainment reporter Peter Ford paid tribute to the stage and screen star, breaking the news on radio this morning.
Today Show weather presenter Stevie Jacobs also weighed in on the loss, saying: “He was a beautiful soul”. Jacobs worked with English for four years.
Rest In Peace Jon English.