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Farnham Family Thanks Doctors As Iconic Singer Makes 'Full Recovery' From Chest Infection

9 May 2023 | 9:00 am | Mary Varvaris

"He is now comfortable and continues to receive ongoing treatment and rehabilitation care."

(Source: Supplied)

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The Farnham family has informed fans that the iconic Australian singer made a “full recovery” after receiving treatment for a recent chest infection.

In March, John Farnham was taken to hospital and treated for a respiratory infection. The singer’s family has issued the following statement:

“We’re pleased to say that John made a full recovery from a recent chest infection in late March which required hospitalisation. He is now comfortable and continues to receive ongoing treatment and rehabilitation care.

“The family would like to re-iterate their appreciation and deepest respect for all the medical staff that have attended to John over the past 8 months and the many thousands of kind messages that been received from across Australia and the world.

“No further comment is available at this time and the family appreciates the media’s continued respect for John's privacy.”

Last August, Farnham had successful surgery that removed a cancerous growth in his mouth. As Nine News reports, the surgery took 12 hours and required 26 surgeons.

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Farnham said about the diagnosis last year, “Cancer diagnosis is something that so many people face every single day, and countless others have walked this path before me. 

"The one thing I know for sure is that we have the best specialist healthcare professionals in Victoria, and we can all be grateful for that. I know I am.”

A few weeks later, he was discharged from the hospital and moved to a rehabilitation centre to continue his treatment.

Gaynor Wheatley (TalentWorks) and David Wilson (Watercooler Talent) shared an update with fans on behalf of the Farnham Family and wrote: 

"This week, John has been transferred into a rehabilitation facility. Each of these steps means things are moving in the right direction, and for that, we are enormously thankful.”

The legendary singer-songwriter has been in the limelight since he was a teen, breaking onto the scene in the late 1960s.

His magnum opus was the 1986 released album Whispering Jack, which featured the standout single You're The Voice. It remains the second highest-selling album in Australia to date. He followed up Whispering Jack with other chart-topping records including Age Of Reason in 1988 and Chain Reaction in 1990. 

Next Thursday (18 May), a feature documentary about John Farnham, Finding The Voice, will hit cinemas. In this first authorised biopic of the iconic singer, director Poppy Stockell takes viewers through Farnham’s epic journey to become Whispering Jack

The press release notes, “John Farnham was 38 years old when Whispering Jack was released. Nobody ever questioned that Farnham could sing -- but the challenge to find his artistic voice and become Australia’s most trusted and beloved performer took half a lifetime.”