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Olivia Newton-John, the prominent 1970s pop singer who starred in films such as “Grease” and “Xanadu,” died Monday. She was 73 years old.
John Easterling, her husband, posted the news on his official Facebook page.
Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer which recurred in 2017; however, the cause of death was not specified.
“Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully this morning at her ranch in Southern California, surrounded by family and friends. We ask everyone to respect the privacy of the family during this very difficult time. »
The cause of death was not given, but Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer which resurfaced in 2017. “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 in plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to plant medicine and cancer research,” her husband wrote.
Newton-John continued to be a commercial force well into the 1980s; her biggest hit, “Physical”, was released in 1981. The 1980 film Xanadu, in which she starred, was a dismal failure, but its double-platinum soundtrack produced three top-ten singles, one of which was the all-pervading “Magic”. A string of pop hits quickly propelled her from country to pop stardom.
Newton-John’s “Grease” co-star John Travolta shared a touching tribute on Instagram.
“My dearest Olivia, you have made 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. Yours from the first moment I love you. saw and forever! Your Danny, your John! he captioned a photo of Newton-John via Instagram.