Chart-topping singer and Fat Star Olivia Newton-John has died aged 73.
Her husband, John Easterling, shared the news on social media. “Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully this morning at her Southern California ranch surrounded by family and friends,” he wrote on Facebook. “We ask everyone to respect the privacy of the family during this very difficult time.
“Olivia has been a beacon of triumphs and hope for over 30 years, sharing her journey with breast cancer,” Easterling continued.
“Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to plant medicine and cancer research. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donation be made in her memory to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund.
Newton-John’s myriad career highlights include four Grammy wins, five Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits, 10 other Top 10 hits, two No. 1 albums and worldwide sales of over 100 million. discs. She is perhaps best known for her starring role in the 1978 musical film Fat alongside John Travolta. The soundtrack, which sold approximately 28 million copies worldwide, produced the chart-topping duet “You’re the One That I Want”, as well as the number 2 “Hopelessly Devoted to You”. and number 6-. culminating “Summer Nights”.
Besides her acting and singing careers, Newton-John was also an activist for environmentalism and animal rights, as well as an advocate for breast cancer research since being diagnosed with the disease in 1992. 1979 she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, and in 2020 she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to charity, cancer research and to entertainment.
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