Australian pop music icon Olivia Newton-John has died aged 73.
Olivia’s husband John Easterling confirmed the news with a statement on Facebook.
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“Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully this morning at her ranch in Southern California, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone respect the privacy of the family during this time. very difficult.” he wrote.
“Olivia has been a beacon of triumphs and hope for over 30 years, sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton Foundation Fund -John, dedicated to plant medicine and cancer research. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made in his memory to the @onjfoundation
Olivia was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and again in 2013 and 2017. She established the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center in Melbourne and helped raise funds for awareness and research.
Olivia’s Grease co-star John Travolta took to social media to share a tribute to Olivia.
He wrote, “My dearest Olivia, you have made all of our lives so much better. Your impact has been incredible. I love you so much. We will see you on the road again and we will all be together again. forever! Your Danny, your John! “
The British-born Australian singer who rose to fame with her starring role in the 1978 film Grease, was also a multiple Grammy winner, whose career spanned five decades.
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