Olivia Newton-John, Beloved Singer and “Grease” Actress, Dead At 73

Olivia Newton-John, Beloved Singer and “Grease” Actress, Dead At 73
British-Australian singer and actress Olivia Newton-John, UK, 18th September 1974. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Getty Images Getty Images

Earlier today (August 8) Olivia Newton-John’s Facebook page announced her death, saying she passed away peacefully at her Southern California ranch surrounded by family and friends. She had been battling Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer for several years, after surviving prior bouts with breast cancer in both 1992 and 2013. She was 73.

“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer,” shared her husband ​​John Easterling in a post on her Facebook page

English-Australian singer, Olivia Newton-John, at Clareville Studios, Clareville Street, London, 1971. (Photo by Jeremy Fletcher/Redferns) Redferns Redferns

Born in the United Kingdom but raised in Australia, Newton-John was an icon for many, beloved for her role as good girl Sandy in the 1978 movie-musical “Grease,” along with turns in the movies “Xanadu,” and in “Two Of A Kind” with her friend and “Grease” co-star John Travolta. She sang the hits “Physical” and “I Honestly Love You,” winning Record of the Year at the Grammys with the latter single. 

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 16: Olivia Newton-John performs during Fire Fight Australia at ANZ Stadium on February 16, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cole Bennetts/Getty Images) Getty Images Getty Images

In her later years during her battles with cancer, Newton-John was an advocate for medical cannabis to ease the ​​ metastatic bone lesions that developed from cancer. She is survived by her husband John Easterling and daughter Chloe Lattanzi.

Australian singer and actress Olivia Newton-John and American actor John Travolta dance in a crowded high school gym in a still from the Paramount film, ‘Grease’, 1978. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Fotos International/Getty Images) Getty Images Getty Images

In lieu of flowers, the Newton-John family asked that any donations be made in her memory to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund (ONJFoundationFund.org).