During his illness he had to cancel shows and managers took to Facebook to tell fans, “He apologies to all his fans who were looking forward to the day, but assures everyone he will be back to full health and rocking out on stage with you all again very soon (he is in fact itching to do so!)".
English shot to fame in the early 1970s in his role as Judas in the Australian version of stage musical Jesus Christ Superstar.
He picked up a Logie Award for best new talent in 1979 for his starring role in Australian TV series Against the Wind, and went on to become well known for his roles in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.
In the 1990s, he starred in Australian sitcom All Together Now alongside Rebecca Gibney and now Today show weatherman Steve Jacobs.