Ex-soldier who was supported by donations from The Wiggles star Anthony Field, dies at age 30


Anthony Field has shared condolences for ex-solider Brendan Nikolajew, who has died at age 30, just weeks after receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis.

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

The performer had earlier pledged to donate royalties from The Wiggles new album, Lullabies With Love, to Brendan’s family. 

 Loss: Anthony Field has shared condolences for ex-solider Brendan Nikolajew (pictured), who has died at age 29, just weeks after receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis

The children’s entertainer, who also is a former army-man himself, told Sense Music Media that he’d removed his name from every track on the album and replaced it with Brendan’s, so that all co-writing royalties would flow directly the Nikolajew clan 

‘[Brendan is] one of those guys who you talk to and he just brightens up your life, even though he’s going through the worst you could be going through,’ Field told the publication.

‘[Lullabies with Love] will give royalties to the kids and the family for a few years. Every so often, they’ll get some money, which will be really great,’ he added. 

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

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

Generous: The performer had earlier pledged to donate royalties from The Wiggles new album, Lullabies With Love, to Brendan's family. Anthony is pictured

Generous: The performer had earlier pledged to donate royalties from The Wiggles new album, Lullabies With Love, to Brendan’s family. Anthony is pictured 

‘I never thought that I’d be receiving support and admiration from such a legend. Anthony has given so much and it’s too humbling,’ Brendan had said at the time. 

The former soldier and loving father-of-two was told he had just weeks to live after finding a cancerous lump on his testicle. 

Mr Nikolajew, who lived in Queensland‘s Moreton Bay, 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'd removed his name from every track on the album and replaced it with Brendan's, so that all co-writing royalties would flow directly the Nikolajew clan. Field recently received a vitamin drip while visiting Nikolajew in hospital

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

Support: 'I never thought that I'd be receiving support and admiration from such a legend. Anthony has given so much and it's too humbling,' Brendan had said at the time

 Support: ‘I never thought that I’d be receiving support and admiration from such a legend. Anthony has given so much and it’s too humbling,’ Brendan had said at the time

Nikolajew fought for Australia as an artilleryman in Afghanistan, and has beaten testicular cancer three times in the space of two years. 

In November, he received the devastating news that is cancer had spread, with doctors estimating that he had six to 12 months to live.     

‘People say when you die, you’re going to a better place,’ Mr Nikolajew 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, 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, and Roman, one, had stood by him every step of the way. Pictured: Brendan Nikolajew with partner Leah and children Georgie and Roman

Army man: Brendan had faced many battles in his life including several tours in war-torn Afghanistan

Army man: Brendan had faced many battles in his life including several tours in war-torn Afghanistan

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

Mr Nikolajew battled through several rounds of chemotherapy, contended with a serious infection that nearly led to sepsis and pulled through a Deep Vein Thrombosis – a blood clot that forms in the vein.

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

Tragic: Leah shared a heartbreaking post to 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

 Tragic: Leah shared a heartbreaking post to 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 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 hard for him as he struggled to breath and was quite confused, he fought right to the end and did not want to leave but eventually made the decision to finally be at peace and watch us from the stars.

‘My little family and I are absolutely broken and still can’t imagine how we are going to continue on in this life without our sun and moon and our rock. He lived life to the fullest and loved the people around so bloody hard and I am proud to be his wife.

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

Proud: 'My little family and I are absolutely broken and still can't imagine how we are going to continue on in this life without our sun and moon and our rock. He lived life to the fullest and loved the people around so bloody hard and I am proud to be his wife' she wrote

Proud: ‘My little family and I are absolutely broken and still can’t imagine how we are going to continue on in this life without our sun and moon and our rock. He lived life to the fullest and loved the people around so bloody hard and I am proud to be his wife’ she wrote 



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