Singer, songwriter and actor Darryl Cotton has been diagnosed with the disease after falling ill last month. Cotton has appeared in shows such as Neighbours, The Young Doctors and musically worked with Olivia Newton-John, The Osmonds, Cliff Richard and Engelbert Humperdinck.

The 62-year-old popular Australian entertainer is undergoing treatment in Melbourne at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Cotton’s agent, Graeme McKee, told The Herald Sun newspaper, “With liver cancer you’ve always got a fight on your hands but we’re all very hopeful of a positive outcome… Darryl is always in good spirits and he’s tackling this in the best possible way…. We’ve just got to keep our fingers crossed and pray for him.” He added that Cotton would be in and out of hospital for several weeks.

Darryl is best known as a founding member of Australian rock group Zoot in 1968 but also had a spell as an actor and television presenter. In 1990 he appeared as himself in Network Ten’s flagship soap Neighbours where he gave Madge Bishop (actress Anne Charleston) a hot flush. On stage he’s starred in the lead role of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

He’s written songs for Donny and Marie Osmond, Engelbert Humperdinck and The New Seekers and performed with the likes of Olivia Newton-John, The Osmonds, Shaun Cassidy and Cliff Richard.

In 1989, Cotton was awarded the Advance Australia Award for his services to the community, acknowledging his keen support and assistance to numerous charities and public organisations.

[Written by Lynn Swift]

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