The Age has reported that singer Jon English has died at the age of 66 after suffering complications while undergoing surgery on Wednesday.
“We are needless to say completely shocked and devastated by this enormous and unexpected loss,” said a statement from his management. The British-born Logie winner was reportedly surrounded by his four children and his partner at the time of his death.
‘The music industry, and indeed the world, has lost an incredible talent and the biggest of big hearts,’ continued the statement.’ We are inconsolable and will miss you immeasurably.’
English’s partner released a statement that said: “In the late hours of yesterday evening, Jon English passed away due to complications from a surgery on an aortic aneurysm. No one saw this coming. It was supposed to be a routine surgery. We’re all absolutely devastated that this occurred.”
English was in the middle of an Australian tour but cancelled his Newcastle show this Sunday ‘on the advice of his doctors’, citing ill health.
A statement on English’s Facebook page on Monday read: “He apologises to all of 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!)” Thank you again to everyone who has taken the time to extend their well wishes for Jon’s recovery. He sincerely appreciates your posts.”
English migrated to Australia with his parents at the age of 12, rose to fame in the early ’70s after starring in Harry M. Miller’s first production of Jesus Christ Superstar and released dozens of chart-topping singles in the ’70s and ’80s including ‘Words Are Not Enough,’ ‘Handbags and Gladrags,’ ‘Turn the Page‘ and ‘Hollywood Seven.’ The 1979 song ‘Six Ribbons‘ topped the charts in Europe and he received a Logie Award for best new talent for his acting in the series Against the Wind. He also played the lead role of Bobby Rivers in 1990s Australian sitcom All Together Now.
A public memorial will be held in English’s honour with details to be revealed shortly.