Australian Idol contestant Courtney Murphy faces a life-threatening battle after sharing heartbreaking diagnosis

Australian Idol contestant Courtney Murphy faces a life-threatening battle after sharing heartbreaking diagnosis

Australian Idol star Courtney Murphy has been diagnosed with late-stage bowel cancer. 

Courtney rose to fame in 2004 on the hit singing competition when he finished in third place behind winner Casey Donovan and runner-up Anthony Callea.  

The beloved singer’s brothers Kieran and Chris shared the devastating news via a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Courtney as he prepares to battle the disease. 

‘Our beautiful brother Courtney Murphy is in for the fight of his life,’ began his family on the fundraising page. 

‘It is with heavy hearts that we share Court has been diagnosed with advanced stage bowel cancer. It’s very serious.

Australian Idol star Courtney Murphy has been diagnosed with late-stage bowel cancer. Pictured

Australian Idol star Courtney Murphy has been diagnosed with late-stage bowel cancer. Pictured

Courtney rose to fame in 2004 on the hit singing competition when he finished in third place behind winner Casey Donovan and runner-up Anthony Callea

Courtney rose to fame in 2004 on the hit singing competition when he finished in third place behind winner Casey Donovan and runner-up Anthony Callea

‘Many of you will know Courtney for his amazing musical talent and his big voice. We think it’s fair to say he’s been entertaining West Aussies for the best part of 30 years – either as a wide eyed kid on Australian Idol, on stage in We Will Rock You, or just gigging with us – his brothers – in Murphy’s Lore and The Murphy Brothers,’ continued the heart-wrenching statement. 

‘As a self-employed musician with a wife and three young children, Courtney will not be able to work for the foreseeable future which leaves his young family fighting much harder than we want them to be. 

‘Anyone who knows Courtney knows that his heart is as a big as his voice and we’ve set up this GoFundMe page in the hope that we can ease some of the burden on his young family.

The beloved singer's brothers Kieran and Chris shared the devastating news via a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Courtney as he prepares to battle the disease. 'Our beautiful brother Courtney Murphy is in for the fight of his life,' began his family on the fundraising page. Pictured on Australia Idol

The beloved singer’s brothers Kieran and Chris shared the devastating news via a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Courtney as he prepares to battle the disease. ‘Our beautiful brother Courtney Murphy is in for the fight of his life,’ began his family on the fundraising page. Pictured on Australia Idol 

‘Any funds generated will go directly to Courtney Murphy, his wife Jane and children as they navigate the difficult road ahead,’ it concluded. 

As of Sunday evening at 9.40pm, Courtney’s GoFundMe has raised $48, 462. 

The shock news follows the Murphy family losing their father to brain cancer three months ago. 

'As a self-employed musician with a wife and three young children, Courtney will not be able to work for the foreseeable future which leaves his young family fighting much harder than we want them to be,' continued the statement

‘As a self-employed musician with a wife and three young children, Courtney will not be able to work for the foreseeable future which leaves his young family fighting much harder than we want them to be,’ continued the statement

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