In an unexpected turn of events, legendary Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes announced on Instagram today that he will be undergoing immediate open heart surgery to address an unexpected infection.
Just weeks after feeling like he was in the “fittest shape in decades,” Barnes revealed that a bacterial infection he’s been battling for the past two weeks has unfortunately spread to his heart, compromising a valve previously replaced In 2007 due to a congenital defect.
“It’s infected an otherwise healthy valve that was replaced some years ago due to a congenital defect,” Barnes wrote in his Instagram post. “So I’ll be getting open heart surgery over the next few hours to clear out this infection and put in a clean valve.”
While acknowledging the frustration of this sudden setback, Barnes expressed gratitude for his supportive wife Jane, the dedicated medical team, and the overwhelming well-wishes from fans. He also apologized for any inconvenience caused by the inevitable rescheduling of his upcoming shows, assuring fans that a new plan will be announced as soon as possible.
“Given the serious nature of this operation, I probably won’t be posting again for the next few weeks,” Barnes concluded. “All the best to you and yours for the holidays. Here’s hoping 2024 is full of much better things!”
Barnes’s open and heartfelt message has sparked an outpouring of support from across the Australian music industry and beyond. Fans and colleagues alike have flooded social media with messages of encouragement and well wishes, sending positive messages for a speedy recovery.
While the immediate future holds uncertainty regarding his tour schedule, one thing remains clear: Jimmy Barnes’s fighting spirit and unwavering optimism are as powerful as ever. This unexpected challenge may temporarily keep him off the stage, but it certainly won’t stop this rock and roll legend.