Olivia Newton-John dies aged 73

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Australian legend Olivia Newton-John has died at the age of 73.

The actress, famous for films such as Grease and Xanadu, passed away peacefully at her ranch in California following a decades-long battle with breast cancer, her husband, John Easterling, confirmed.

Olivia Newton-John
Australian legend Olivia Newton-John has died at the age of 73 at her Californian ranch following a long battle with breast cancer. Photo: Getty

In a post to Olivia's Instagram account, John 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."

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He continued, "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."

Olivia with husband John Easterling and daughter Chloe Lattanzi at the Olivia Newton-John Wellness Walk and Research Run in 2019. Photo: Getty
Olivia with husband John Easterling and daughter Chloe Lattanzi at the Olivia Newton-John Wellness Walk and Research Run in 2019. Photo: Getty

Olivia is survived by her husband and her daughter Chloe Lattanzi.

The Aussie icon won four Grammys and had five number one hits and ten top ten hits throughout her long career and was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's 2020 New Year's honours.

Tributes flow for Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John and her Grease co-star John Travolta
Olivia's Grease co-star John Travolta wrote that she 'made all of our lives so much better'. Photo: Getty

Her good friend and Grease co-star John Travolta shared 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!"

Barbra Streisand wrote that her friend was "too young to leave this world" in a post to Instagram.

Richard Marx added that his "heart is broken", describing Olivia as a "kind and loving person" who he will miss every day.

James Gunn took to Twitter to write, "Really sad to hear about the passing of Olivia Newton-John. My first real crush as a kid. I loved Grease and her music and I coincidentally also bought and lived in for a while the wonderful home she built in Malibu. May she Rest In Peace."

Edgar Wright added, "Olivia Newton-John so completely dominated the charts and Top Of The Pops when I was a kid, it felt like she WAS pop music. And yes, Xanadu is still a stone-cold classic song. RIP x."

George Takei shared, "We have lost a great, iconic artist in Olivia Newton-John, gone too soon from us at age 73. I trust she is now in the great Xanadu beyond. Know that we are forever hopelessly devoted to you, Olivia. Rest in song and mirth."

Author Bolu Babalola also took to Twitter, writing, "💔 Olivia Newton-John. When my sis and I were little we used to watch Grease on repeat. We were obsessed. I was obsessed with her. So charming and so beautiful with this spark within a veneer of girl-next-door. One of the first romance leads I felt affinity to. May she rest in peace."

"The world has lost a true icon, rest in peace Olivia Newton-John 💔," one fan wrote, while another added, "My go-to karaoke song has always been 'Hopelessly Devoted To You.' I idolised Olivia Newton-John growing up. Such a sad day."

"Heartbroken to hear of Olivia Newton-John’s passing. Such an integral part of my childhood, she will be deeply missed," a third wrote.

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