LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Olivia Newton-John, the singer-actress who is best remembered for her performance in “Grease,” has died at age 73.
Newton-John died at home in Southern California surrounded by family and friends, according to her husband’s post on Facebook.
The singer had disclosed a battle with breast cancer in recent years.
John Easterling, who married Newton-John in 2008, wrote:
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 Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund (ONJFoundationFund.org).
Newton-John, who was born in Great Britain but raised in Australia, had a string of hits in the 1970s. But she shot to fame based on her role as Sandy alongside John Travolta in the 1978 musical “Grease,” in addition to performing several hit singles on the soundtrack.
Travola posted a tribute on Instagram, 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!”
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter Chloe, her sister and brother, and multiple nieces and nephews.
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