Olivia Newton-John passed away at 73

Writer: Heidi Hsia

The late star has been battling cancer for 30 years
The late star had been battling cancer for 30 years

9 Aug - Singer-actress Olivia Newton-John has recently passed away.

Newton-John's husband John Easterling shared the news in a statement via the "Grease" star's Instagram account, which read, "Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family's privacy during this very difficult time."

"Olivia has been a symbol 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-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the @onjfoundation."

Newton-John married John Easterling in 2008
Newton-John married John Easterling in 2008

She shot to stardom in 'Grease'
She shot to stardom in "Grease"

Olivia is survived by her husband John Easterling; daughter Chloe Lattanzi; sister Sarah Newton-John; brother Toby Newton-John; nieces and nephews Tottie, Fiona and Brett Goldsmith; Emerson, Charlie, Zac, Jeremy, Randall, and Pierz Newton-John; Jude Newton-Stock, Layla Lee; Kira and Tasha Edelstein; and Brin and Valerie Hall.

It was back in September 2018 that the singer revealed that she was treating cancer at the base of her spine, making it the third time she had to battle the disease following her breast cancer in the early '90s and in 2017.

On the other hand, John Travolta, who worked with Newton-John in their 1978 movie, expressed his sadness over the passing, writing, "My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!"

John Travolta was Danny to Olivia Newton-John's Sandy in 'Grease'
John Travolta was Danny to Olivia Newton-John's Sandy in "Grease"
Cinema Online, 09 August 2022

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