She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and had been fighting it ever since.
Olivia Newton-John, a four-time Grammy winner and the star of the popular film musical Grease, died at the age of 73.
Her husband, John Easterling, announced the news on Newton-John's social media handles. He wrote, "Dame Olivia Newton-John 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."
He further added, "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 stated in May 2017 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer that had spread to her sacrum. After meeting with her medical team at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia, her team announced that Newton-John will undergo photon radiation treatment as well as natural wellness therapies, reports PEOPLE.
Easterling told the outlet at that time, "We both have the same unshakable belief that she's going to have a wonderful success story. We're not trying to be positive. We have an absolute knowingness that we can turn this around." Newton-John referred to herself as a "cancer thriver," recognizing that she lived a full life despite her illness, eventually lasting another five years.
At a 40th-anniversary screening of Grease in Beverly Hills in August 2018, the star appeared gorgeous but significantly slimmer. Newton-John, who played Sandy in Grease, even performed a dance routine with John Travolta for cameras at the event. Newton-John assured in 2020, "I'm winning over it well and that's how I see it. I don't think about it a lot, to be honest. Denial is a really good thing and I'm getting stronger and better all the time! I'm doing well!"
In February of last year, she was doing well as she prepared for her daughter Chloe Lattanzi's wedding. She said at the time, "I'm so lucky to still be doing all these things. I don't think I imagined living this long! I feel very blessed." She further said, "I'm very lucky to be married to a wonderful man who is a plant medicine man, and he has great knowledge. Now he's growing medicinal cannabis for me, and it just has been wonderful. It helps me in every area."
Newton-John, one of the first celebrities to open up about their health problems, disclosed her first diagnosis of breast cancer in 1992. Her fight, which included a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy, and breast reconstruction, inspired the establishment of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Melbourne. Newton-John had been an advocate for cancer awareness and research in the decades since.
Newton-John also served as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador in 1991 and as the national spokesperson for the Children's Health Environmental Coalition.
She is well known for her music and roles in Grease, Xanadu, Two of a Kind and Glee.
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