Musical theatre star and tenor Michael Falzon has died aged 48, following a cancer battle.

The star of the original Australian production of We Will Rock You – who was hand-picked by Ben Elton and Queen for the role – was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of germ cell cancer last year.

Michael Falzon has died aged 48.

Michael Falzon has died aged 48.

Falzon had appeared in a number of Australian and international musical theatre productions, including The Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore with Opera Queensland in his early career, as well as War of the Worlds, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Rock of Ages, as well as reprising his We Will Rock You role.

Falzon appeared in solo concerts supported by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Perth Symphony Orchestra, among others. Since 2014, he had performed alongside fellow musical theatre stars Luke Kennedy, Ben Mingay, Matt Lee and Rob Mills in the band Swing on This.

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