‘Long road’: Farnham’s health update
The sons of Australian music legend John Farnham have revealed their father has a “long road” to recovery after the removal of a cancerous tumour.
It comes as an Australian-made documentary on his life, Finding the Voice, is set to premiere this Sunday.
Mr Farnham has endured a very private battle against cancer, with the 73-year-old hospitalised earlier this year after he developed a chest infection following a surgery to remove a cancerous tumour in his mouth.
On Friday, Robert and James Farnham told Sunrise his father was “in recovery”.
“It’s a fairly long road, as cancer is, but he is doing well and we get to spend a lot of time with him and his spirits are up so that all we can ask for,” Robert said.
The music legend’s sons revealed their dad has not yet seen the Australian-made documentary about his life, Finding the Voice which premieres on Sunday.
“He’s pretty proud of it but he hasn’t seen it yet,” James Farnham said.
“He doesn’t really like to listen or watch himself so it’s going to take a bit for him to watch it but he’s proud of the whole situation and very happy with it all.”
The sons added that they were impressed with the production team’s efforts to show their father’s story in a “real and really raw way”.
“We got to see a rough cut of it and it was just phenomenal,” Robert said.
“It wasn’t fluff, it was real and that we loved about it,” James added.
The family released a statement on Monday evening sharing the news of his recovery and their appreciation for the medical staff who have treated him over the past eight months.
“The family would like to reiterate their appreciation and deepest respect for all the medical staff that have attended to John over the past eight months,” the statement read.
They also thanked his fans for the “many thousands of kind messages” from across Australia and the world.