The pair married in a exclusive ceremony in 1984 at the Sydney Opera House.They shared two stepchildren and lived in the luxury Sydney suburb of Woollahra, along with their adored pet golden retriever, Digger.
The couple had one of the most admired and long-standing relationships in showbiz, enjoying luxury holidays and always the picture of happiness. In 2009, even renewed their wedding vows in Port Douglas.
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But the couple also faced incredible lows. In 1998, John battled bowel cancer and in 2012 Kerri-Anne beat breast cancer. Then in 2016, John suffered a horrific fall at a resort near NSW’s Coffs Harbour, leaving him paralysed.
“[He] lost his balance and fell backwards. Spearheaded the ground,” she told reporter Mike Willesee.
“And as soon as I went round ... went round a few steps down, and he was then on his side. All he could say is, ‘I can’t feel anything’.
“And we were then waiting for the ambulance. I just sat at his head and said everything was going to be OK. Nobody wanted to roll him.”
Kerri told Sunday Night that following the accident, “My life as I knew it is over”.
After the ordeal, John had nothing but love and praise for his wife.
"[Kerri-Anne] is very loving and she has been the strength of my whole recovery," John explained late last year.
"Without her I don't think I would have attempted it but, as I say, she was there when I woke up and she has been with me every day."
He added: "It is really, really been hard... I have appreciated it, she never faltered. Never faltered."