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Jimmy Barnes reveals how fellow music legend John Farnham supported him during health battle that left him convinced he was going to die: ‘I was in so much pain’

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Jimmy Barnes has almost completely recovered from open heart surgery

And the rocker has now revealed he didn’t get through the hard times alone. 

The singer, 67, with the help of his attentive wife Jane, has frequently kept his fans updated on his health journey since coming down with bacterial pneumonia.

But on Sunday he revealed an encouraging phone call from his close friend John Farnham also helped him get through the worst of it, reported Herald Sun

‘I was critical before they said they had to operate on my heart. There were moments there where I said to Jane, “I don’t think I’m going to make it,”‘ he confessed.

Jimmy Barnes, 67, (pictured) has almost completely recovered from open heart surgery. And  the rocker revealed on Sunday that he didn't get through the hard times alone

Jimmy Barnes, 67, (pictured) has almost completely recovered from open heart surgery. And  the rocker revealed on Sunday that he didn’t get through the hard times alone

‘I was so hot and in so much pain, labouring just to think… John rang me in hospital. It was so great. He made a joke with me and we were laughing.’

Jimmy continued: ‘I hadn’t heard his voice since he had surgery and he’s going, “Ah, I just thought I’d call and I want to encourage you to get through.”‘ 

He said hearing the contemporary singer, 74, provide encouragement after undergoing his own surgery ‘lifted my spirits so much’.  

On Sunday, he revealed an encouraging phone call from his close friend John Farnham, 74, (pictured) helped him get through the worst of it, as reported by the Herald Sun

On Sunday, he revealed an encouraging phone call from his close friend John Farnham, 74, (pictured) helped him get through the worst of it, as reported by the Herald Sun  

The Scottish-born Australian went on to say he and John joked about performing When Something Is Wrong (With My Baby) in hospital gowns together.

John was able to relate to Jimmy better than anyone after the You’re The Voice hitmaker underwent his own 12-hour surgery for throat cancer in 2022. 

Doctors removed a cancerous tumour from his mouth during the procedure, and the singer was declared cancer-free just 12 months later

The singer with the help of his attentive wife Jane, has frequently kept his fans updated on his health journey since coming down with bacterial pneumonia

The singer with the help of his attentive wife Jane, has frequently kept his fans updated on his health journey since coming down with bacterial pneumonia

Jimmy’s battle with bacterial pneumonia last year became a fight for survival when doctor’s discovered he had a staph infection which spread to his heart. 

However, he has since landed back on his feet, with his last health update coming just a few weeks ago when he told fans he was ‘doing more around the house’. 

In a gallery of photos posted to his Instagram, the beloved singer looked fit and healthy as he helped his wife carve up a delicious looking roast.

Just days before, he told his followers he was facing ‘a long recovery’

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