Australian singer/actor Delta Goodrem was hospitalized Friday in Sydney after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, a treatable form of lymphatic cancer. The 18-year-old Sony Music artist has had a hectic schedule promoting her new Epic album, “Innocent Eyes,” which is currently No. 1 in Australia, and bowed last week on the U.K. album chart at No. 2.
This month she became the first Australian artist ever to hit No. 1 with both her debut album and the first three singles from that album. In the past 35 years, only three Australian acts have had more singles hit No. 1: John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John and Kylie Minogue.
Goodrem is a regular on long-running Aussie TV series “Neighbours,” on which she plays an aspiring singer. Plans to showcase for Sony executives in the U.S. later this week have been canceled.
Fans can send get-well messages to Goodrem via her official Web site.