Olivia Newton-John’s official Facebook fan page has broken the news that the beloved actor and singer has reportedly died at the age of 73.
In the Facebook post, The ‘Grease’ actor’s husband, John Easterling wrote, “Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends.”
“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 continue with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund.”
Although a definite cause of death is yet to be revealed, a source reportedly told TMZ that, “After a 30-year cancer journey, she lost her battle to metastatic breast cancer.”
Olivia Newton-John was firstly diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. However, it went into remission. She was diagnosed again in 2013 and also in 2018. The latter saw the ‘If Not For You’ singer developing cancer at the base of her spine.
In 2019, she said that despite having cancer, she was grateful for every day. She told People that, “I’m so lucky that I’ve been through this three times and I’m still here. I’m living with it. Every day is a gift now, particularly now.”
According to the Facebook post, “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.”
The British/Australian actor is best known for starring alongside John Travolta in the 1978 film, Grease. She played Sandy Olsson while Travolta played her character’s love interest, Danny Zuko.
Throughout Olivia Newton-John’s lucrative career, she was an environmental and animal rights activist.
Instead of flowers, the family of Olivia Newton-John ask that any donations celebrating her life are to be made to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund (ONJFoundationFund.org)
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