Jimmy Barnes faces another blow just days after announcing the loss of his sister Linda Barnes

Singer Jimmy Barnes, is facing another challenge resulting in the cancellation of his upcoming shows this weekend, just days after revealing he was mourning the death of his sister Linda.

The 66-year-old announced on Tuesday morning he had tested positive to COVID-19.

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“Sorry to advise that I’ve returned two positive RATs for COVID-19,” he said via twitter.

“I’m not feeling too bad so far, but I need to isolate for seven days. I will not be able to perform this weekend.”

Barnes was set to perform on Saturday in Mackay, however, has cancelled the show as he will be in isolation.

In a statement on his website, Barnes said the new date will be August 27, and advised everyone to “please hold onto your tickets”.

“Believe me, if I wasn’t contagious and could get out of bed, I’d be there singing to you,” the statement read.

“Sincere apologies to everyone who’s been inconvenienced by this.”

It comes just days after Barnes announced he was mourning the death of his sister Linda, and thanked fans for their condolence messages.

The singer took to social media on Sunday to thank his followers after Linda died on May 12.

Her cause of death has not been revealed.

“Thank you for all your messages of condolence for my beautiful sister Linda’s passing,” the rock legend wrote on Twitter.

“This week has been tough and overwhelming.

“Your support is appreciated.”

In the accompanying photo, Barnes is holding a large vase filled with colourful roses.

Barnes’ brother, fellow singer John Swan, revealed on Friday that Linda had multiple sclerosis.

Posting a picture of Linda to Facebook, he wrote: “It is with great sadness I have to tell you my little sister Linda passed away this morning, she fought so hard.”

“God I love her … rest in the knowledge she is at peace,” he added.

Linda Barnes.
Linda Barnes. Credit: Facebook/John Swan

In a follow-up post, he posted a picture of Linda singing as part of Jimmy Barnes’s backing band.

“Just to refresh a few memories for you. This is Linda when she did backing vocals with (Easybeats singer) Stevie Wright and Jimmy’s first solo band,” he wrote.

“First song I ever sang was with her as a duet … she was such a champion, she knew long ago and only told us recently she was sick … saying that she had MS and was in a wheelchair but that never slowed her down.


Linda Barnes as a backup vocalist.
Linda Barnes as a backup vocalist. Credit: Facebook/John Swan

On May 12, Barnes shared a throwback photo of himself with Linda as kids.

“I remember when I was small and my big sister looked out for me,” he wrote.

“I love you Linda.”

“Sending love and comfort to you and your family Jimmy,” one fan wrote on Instagram.

“Your (sic) the best Jimmy, what a life you’ve led,” wrote another.

“You’ve definitely been there through mine. She would be so so proud of you, as all of Aus is.

“Keep moving forward.”

Apart from John Swan, Jimmy Barnes has three other siblings, brother Alan Barnes and sisters Dorothy Barnes and Lisa Barnes.

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