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Ignatius Jones dies aged 66: Australian rock star and The frontman dies in the Philippines after a short illness


Australian rock star Ignatius Jones has died at the age of 66.

Jimmy and the Boys frontman died on Tuesday at his home in the Philippines after a brief illness, leaving behind a legacy that spans decades in the arts industry.

He is survived by his husband, Nova Bereber, his mother, Margot Martin, his sisters, Rocio and Monica, and his brother, Luis Miguel.

Born in Manila in 1957, Jones was best known as the lead singer of the shock rock band Jimmy And The Boys.

The group had a number of hits throughout the 1970s, including They Won’t Let My Girlfriend Talk To Me and I’m Not Like Everybody Else.

Australian rock star Ignatius Jones has died at the age of 66

He later joined the swing band Pardon Me Boys in the mid-1980s with his sister, former Play School host Monica Trapaga.

In his later years, Jones worked as an events director where he collaborated on various major events, including the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics and the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games.

He also served as Artistic Director for the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade from 2011-2015 and Creative Director for Vivid Sydney from 2011-2019.

In 2019, he was awarded the Order of Australia by Queen Elizabeth Il as part of the Australia Day Honors for his contribution to entertainment and literature.

Born in Manila in 1957, Jones is best known as the lead singer of the shock rock band Jimmy And The Boys.

Born in Manila in 1957, Jones is best known as the lead singer of the shock rock band Jimmy And The Boys.

The group had a number of hits in the 1970s, including They Won't Let My Girlfriend Talk To Me and I'm Not Like Everybody Else

The group had a number of hits in the 1970s, including They Won’t Let My Girlfriend Talk To Me and I’m Not Like Everybody Else

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Jones married his longtime partner Novy Bereber, a Filipino-Australian choreographer, in October 2018.

His sister Monica announced the news of his death in a statement on Wednesday.

«It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Ignatius Jones AM after a short illness,» she wrote.

«Iggy will be remembered by his friends and family as a bon vivant, a spirited storyteller and a true renaissance man with an immense and passionate knowledge of history and art,» she added.

«The arts community in Australia has lost a champion and the dinners will be less interesting after his death.»

Jimmy and the Boys frontman died on Tuesday at his home in the Philippines after a brief illness, leaving behind a legacy that spans decades in the arts industry.  (Pictured with husband Novy Berber)

Jimmy and the Boys frontman died on Tuesday at his home in the Philippines after a brief illness, leaving behind a legacy that spans decades in the arts industry. (Pictured with husband Novy Berber)

He is survived by his husband Nova Bereber (left), mother Margot Martin, sisters Rocio and Monica and brother Luis Miguel

He is survived by his husband Nova Bereber (left), mother Margot Martin, sisters Rocio and Monica and brother Luis Miguel



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