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Jon English RIP, aged 66

Jon English RIP, aged 66

One of Australia's favourite sons died yesterday. Jon English died in hospital during a medical procedure.

English was well known for his work in music, television and on the stage, most notably his roles as Judas Iscariot in Jesus Christ Superstar in the 1970s and later as Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance.

A statement from his talent representatives, Ambition Entertainment, said at the time of his passing he was surrounded by family members, including his four children, wife Carmen, sister Janet and brother Jeremy, as well as other close family members.

He was one of Australia's most enduring and popular stars. During the past decade he has focussed on developing the musical talent of young musicians through his touring "Rock Show".

Jon was known as one of the "good guys" of Australian music and performing. Ever popular with fans and theatre-goers.  He also wrote a rock musical called "Paris" which had never been funded to its potential. 

Shepparton last saw him performing his "Rock Show" with an amazing array of young talent from the Central Coast area.  It was a stunning show, showcasing rock from the 60s and 70s, with Jon performing many of his hits from the 70s and early 80s.  Included in his band that performed at EastBank, was his son and the likes of Emma Beau. "I'm sending you tones of love and well wishes Jon!," Emma had written on her Facebook page the day before surgery. 

A tragic loss and sad day for all.



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