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Dannii Minogue joins tributes to Young Talent Time star Bobby Driessen after he died at 56

By A. James For Daily Mail Australia,


Beloved Australian songstress Dannii Minogue has paid a heartfelt tribute to Young Talent Time star Bobby Driessen, who died in his sleep on December 29.

Minogue, 51, co-starred with Driessen on the hit show between 1982-1983.

'Bobby was a kind gentle soul, with bucketloads of charisma,' she shared on her stories on Friday.

'We were a family on Young Talent Time. Bobby will be missed by his family, friends and fans. Vale Bobby Driessen.'

The fan favourite included a black and white picture of the  YTT team in her post, featuring Driessen and host, Johnny Young.

Young, 75, stepped forward on Thursday to also pay his respects to Driessen.

The veteran showbiz star hosted YTT from 1971 to 1988, and told how he would never forget the late entertainer.

'Bobby was one of the most popular members of the Young Talent Team,' Young said in his Facebook message.

'He was a gentle, loving young man who still has many fans,' the TV veteran continued.

'Thanks for the many great shows we did together. Bobby, we will never forget you. All my love - Johnny Young and family.'

Driessen was a regular performer on Young Talent Time from 1979 to 1983.

The show became famous for nurturing future stars Danni Minogue, Debbie Byrne and Tina Arena.

Fellow Young Talent Time cast member Beven Addinsall also paid his respects to Driessen, saying his passing came as 'a shock'.

'In 1983 I joined Young Talent Time. The team member I replaced was Bobby Driessen,' Mr Addinsall wrote.

'A uniquely talented funny and charismatic person. I'm so saddened to hear that Bobby has passed away in his sleep.

'He was only 56 and it has come as quite a shock. Vale Bobby Driessen. RIP.'

Blue Wiggle, Anthony Field, commented on his post writing, 'So sorry'.

Meanwhile, Network 10 show payed tribute to the former cast member on social media.

'All of us here at Young Talent Time, are incredibly saddened to hear the news of Bobby Driessen one of our beloved team members has passed away in his sleep,' Young Talent Time posted on Facebook on Thursday night.

'Only 56 years old, way too young to have left us. Bobby you will be sadly missed. Vale Bobby Driessen.'

Fans of Driessen have swarmed Facebook and Twitter to mourn the talented performer who also appeared in a 1985 episode of Neighours -  with many Aussies admitting he was their first crush.

'So sad to hear of the passing of Bobby Driessen today, such a beautiful voice and my first TV crush,' one person wrote.

'Oh, that's truly sad. One of my first TV crushes. RIP Bobby, thanks for the memories,' said a second.

'So sad to hear about Bobby passing he will be missed family and fans alike. RIP Bobby,' a third commented.

'Loved Bobby and he had such a beautiful voice to match those beautiful eyes. Condolences to his loved ones,' a fourth said.

Once Driessen left Young Talent Time he appeared to disappear from the spotlight, with the show unable to find him last year when they organised a reunion event.

In a Facebook post last year, Young Talent Time wrote, 'Bobby was one of two people we couldn't track down for our Reunion show earlier on in the year. If anyone has his details please let us know.'

Aussie icon Dannii Minogue appeared on the show from 1982 to 1988, alongside cast members Karen Dunkerton, Joey Perrone, Mark McCormack and Jodie Loebert.
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