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Michael Falzon dies at 48: Musical theatre star loses cancer battle

Musical theatre star Michael Falzon dies at 48: Prolific stage actor known for his roles in We Will Rock You and Hedwig and the Angry Inch loses his cancer battle

Prolific musical theatre actor Michael Falzon has died of cancer at the age of 48.

He passed away on Wednesday night and is survived by his wife, classically trained violinist Jane Cho.

Michael, who had leading roles in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and We Will Rock You, had been diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of germ cell cancer last year. 

Tragedy: Prolific musical theatre actor Michael Falzon has died of cancer at the age of 48. Pictured on April 2, 2019 in Sydney

The stage performer had been documenting his cancer treatment on social media, but stopped posting seven days ago.

Tributes flowed overnight as friends, family and colleague remembered Michael as a ‘vital member of this industry’.

British musical theatre actress Jenna Lee-James shared a photo of herself and Michael to Instagram, and wrote: ‘Words fail me. You were a one-off. Not only an incredible performer and businessman, but you were also a beautiful soul. 

Devastating loss: He passed away on Wednesday night and is survived by his wife, classically trained violinist Jane Cho. They are pictured Helpmann Awards in Sydney on July 24, 2017

Devastating loss: He passed away on Wednesday night and is survived by his wife, classically trained violinist Jane Cho. They are pictured Helpmann Awards in Sydney on July 24, 2017

Gone too soon: Michael, who had leading roles in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and We Will Rock You, had been diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of germ cell cancer last year. He is pictured on stage with Queen guitarist Brian May at Sydney's Lyric Theatre on October 8, 2004

Gone too soon: Michael, who had leading roles in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and We Will Rock You, had been diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of germ cell cancer last year. He is pictured on stage with Queen guitarist Brian May at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre on October 8, 2004

‘You fought so hard and I’m so glad I got to hug you on my travels last year in Sydney.

‘Sending so much love to Jane and all the Falzon family tonight. There is another star in the sky tonight. Until we sing together again.’

Australian operatic mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Dark tweeted: ‘Travel well, dearest Michael. You brought joy and light to the world and will be missed beyond words. Deepest sympathy and all my love to Jane and his family.’

Brave battle: The stage performer had been documenting his cancer treatment on social media, but stopped posting seven days ago

Brave battle: The stage performer had been documenting his cancer treatment on social media, but stopped posting seven days ago

Ian Phipps, a leading theatre publicist, also posted on Twitter: ‘Vale Michael Falzon. You fought valiantly until the last, my friend. 

‘Your beaming smile, huge talent and incredible positivity will be missed by so many friends, family and fans. We are the better for having known you. Love to Jane and your family.’

More to come. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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