Ex-soldier supported by donations from The Wiggles star Anthony Field dies aged 30

Anthony Field has shared his condolences with ex-soldier Brendan Nikolajew, who has passed away at the age of 30 just weeks after receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis.

In a post shared on Twitter, The Wiggles star, 58, wrote: ‘Rest in peace Brendan’ alongside a photo of Brendan with his family.

The artist had previously promised to donate royalties from The Wiggles’ new album, Lullabies With Love, to Brendan’s family.

Loss: Anthony Field has shared condolences with ex-soldier Brendan Nikolajew (pictured), who has died aged 30 just weeks after receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis

The children’s entertainer, who is also a former army man, said: Sense Music Media that he removed his name from every song on the album and replaced it with Brendan’s so that all royalties for the co-writing would go directly to the Nikolajew clan.

‘[Brendan is] one of those guys you talk to and he just brightens up your life even though he goes through the worst you can go through,” Field told the publication.

‘[Lullabies with Love] will give royalties to the kids and family for a few years. Every once in a while they get some money, which will be really great,” he added.

In a post shared on Twitter, The Wiggles star, 58, wrote: 'Rest in peace Brendan' alongside a photo of Brendan with his family

In a post shared on Twitter, The Wiggles star, 58, wrote: ‘Rest in peace Brendan’ alongside a photo of Brendan with his family

Generous: The artist had previously pledged to donate royalties from The Wiggles' new album, Lullabies With Love, to Brendan's family.  Anthony is in the picture

Generous: The artist had previously pledged to donate royalties from The Wiggles’ new album, Lullabies With Love, to Brendan’s family. Anthony is in the picture

“I never thought I would get support and admiration from such a legend. Anthony has given so much and it’s too humble,” Brendan had said at the time.

The former soldier and loving father of two was told he had only weeks to live after he found a cancerous tumor on his testicle.

Nikolajew, who lived in Moreton Bay in Queensland, was first diagnosed with cancer after discovering a lump on his testicle three and a half years ago.

Help: The entertainer told Sense Music Media that he had removed his name from every song on the album and replaced it with Brendan's so that all royalties for the co-writing would go directly to the Nikolajew clan.  Field recently received a vitamin drip while visiting Nikolaev in the hospital

Help: The entertainer told Sense Music Media that he had removed his name from every song on the album and replaced it with Brendan’s so that all royalties for the co-writing would go directly to the Nikolajew clan. Field recently received a vitamin drip while visiting Nikolaev in the hospital

Support: 'I never thought I would get support and admiration from such a legend.  Anthony has given so much and it's too humble,

Support: ‘I never thought I would get support and admiration from such a legend. Anthony has given so much and it’s too humble,” Brendan had said at the time

Nikolajew fought for Australia as a gunner in Afghanistan, beating testicular cancer three times in two years.

In November, he received devastating news that his cancer had spread, and doctors estimated he had six to 12 months to live.

“People say that when you die, you go to a better place,” Nikolaev said.

“I don’t understand how a place without my wife, kids, family and everyone else I love is a better place.”

Family: His wife Leah and children Georgie four years old and Roman one had stood by him every step of the way.  Pictured: Brendan Nikolajew with partner Leah and children Georgie and Roman

Family: His wife Leah and children Georgie four years old and Roman one had stood by him every step of the way. Pictured: Brendan Nikolajew with partner Leah and children Georgie and Roman

Armyman: Brendan had fought many battles in his life, including several journeys in war-torn Afghanistan

Armyman: Brendan had fought many battles in his life, including several journeys in war-torn Afghanistan

His wife Leah and children Georgie, four, and Roman, one, had stood by him every step of the way.

Nikolajew endured several chemotherapy treatments, struggled with a serious infection that nearly led to sepsis and suffered a deep vein thrombosis – a blood clot that forms in the vein.

Leah shared a heartbreaking message on Instagram on Tuesday, confirming that Brendan had lost his battle.

Tragic: Leah shared a heartbreaking message on Instagram on Tuesday, confirming that Brendan had lost his battle.

Tragic: Leah shared a heartbreaking message on Instagram on Tuesday, confirming that Brendan had lost his battle. “To all our beautiful friends and family, it breaks my heart to let you all know that my beautiful husband passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon,” she wrote.

“To all our beautiful friends and family, it breaks my heart to let you all know that my beautiful husband passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon. I held him close to me and lay next to him until his last breath. I made sure he knew how loved he was by everyone who knew him,” she wrote.

“The last few days of his life were extremely difficult for him as he was having trouble breathing and quite confused, he fought to the end and didn’t want to leave but finally made the decision to finally have peace and let us view from the stars.

“My little family and I are completely devastated and still can’t imagine how we would go on in this life without our sun and moon and our rock. He lived life to the fullest and loved the people around him so much and I am proud to be his wife.

“I hope we can all keep his memory alive by never giving up and living our lives with Brendan’s ferocity and passion. Thank you all for the beautiful sweet messages of love. Love from Leah, Georgie and Roman’.

Proud: 'My family and I are completely devastated and still can't imagine how we would go on in this life without our sun and moon and our rock.  He lived to the fullest and loved the people around me so much and I am proud to be his wife,

Proud: ‘My family and I are completely devastated and still can’t imagine how we would go on in this life without our sun and moon and our rock. He lived to the fullest and loved the people around me so much and I am proud to be his wife,” she wrote.

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