Olivia Newton-John died today at her ranch home in Southern California. She was surrounded by her loved ones, according to her husband, John Easterling, who shared the news via Facebook this afternoon.
The message was shared via Facebook by her husband on Monday afternoon, stating the following:
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).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.– via John Easterling, husband, Olivia Newton-John
While the post didn’t confirm if Olivia died from breast cancer, a source known to TMZ said: “After a 30-year cancer journey, she lost her battle to metastatic breast cancer,” which was first diagnosed in 1992, more than 30 years ago. In 2013, it resurfaced before going into remission again until it reappeared in 2017.
Olivia got her big break in the 1978 movie musical Grease – in which she starred opposite John Travolta’s hunky bad boy Danny Zuko – and originated the new song ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’.
This came after her pop career – which began in the early 70s – where Olivia made her name with a string of pop hits, such as ‘If Not for You’, ‘Let Me Be There’ and the smash hit ‘Have You Never Been Mellow’..
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund (ONJFoundationFund.org).”
Our thoughts are with Olivia’s family during this time. May she rest in piece.