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Bobby Driessen’s Death: Young Talent Time Star, Dies in Sleep at 56 | Dannii Minogue, Johnny Young and many others pay tribute


Young Talent Hour star Bobby Driessen has passed away at the age of 56.

Driessen, a regular performer on the show from 1979 to 1983, died in his sleep.

“We’re all here at Young Talent Hourdeeply saddened to learn of the news that Bobby Driessen, one of our beloved team members, has passed away in his sleep,” the variety show shared in a Facebook post on Thursday night.

“Only 56 years old, too young to leave us. Bobby, you will be missed. Vale Bobby Driessen.”

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Bobby Driessen (Young Talent).
Young talent Time star Bobby Driessen has passed away at the age of 56. (Facebook)

Remembrances have flooded social media following his sudden death, including from colleagues Young Talent Hour star Dannii Minogue.

“Bobby is a gentle and kind soul, with a lot of charm,” Minogue said in a post on Facebook. Instagramalong with a picture from when they were on the show.

“We were a family in Young Talent Hour. Bobby will be missed by family, friends and fans. Vale Bobby Driessen.”

Tina Arena also shared a tribute on Instagram.

”RIP Bobby…sweetest man…so sad to hear of his passing,” she wrote.

“My thoughts and prayers to his family. T”

Co-star Beven Addinsall also shared: “In 1983, I joined Young Talent Time. The member of the group that I replaced was Bobby Driessen.

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Bobby Driessen performing on Young Talent Time in 1984
Driessen was a regular performer on the show from 1979 to 1983. (YouTube)

“A funny and charismatic man with a unique talent. I was sad to hear that Bobby passed away in his sleep. He was only 56 years old and it was a huge shock. Vale Bobby Driessen. RIP.”

Johnny Young also shared a message on Facebook: “Bobby is one of the most popular members of the Young Talent Team. He is a gentle, lovely young man and still has many fans. Thank you. because of the many great shows we did together. Bobby, we will never forget you.”

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Fans also flooded social media to share their sadness and love for Driessen.

“So sad to hear that Bobby Driessen passed away today, a beautiful voice and the first person I fell in love with on TV,” one person commented.

“Oh, so sad. One of the first times I fell in love with TV. RIP Bobby, thanks for the memories,” another said.

“Gone too soon,” wrote another.

Bobby Driessen (Young Talent).
Bobby Driessen often performed duet with Tina Arena in his youth. (Fairfax Communications)

John Driessen was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, he became an avid teenager on Young Talent Hour in the late 70s and early 80s, regularly performing duet with the young Tina Arena.

Australian icons Dannii and Kylie Minogue appeared on the show, along with the cast of Karen Dunkerton, Joey Perrone, Mark McCormack and Jodie Loebert.

After participating in the program, Driessen co-hosted Animation Company on Nine with Karen Dunkerton in 1985.

He did not appear at the 50th anniversary celebration for Young Talent Hour in 2021, with the show revealing at the time that they were “unable to track him”.

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