Legengary pop icon, Olivia Newton-John, has passed away after a protracted struggle with breast cancer. Surrounded by friends and family, the world renowned singer passed away at 73 in her Southern California ranch home on Monday morning.
According to a statement on her official Facebook page, Olivia has battled with breast cancer for well over three decades, a period within which she became a symbol of hope and victory for those suffering from the disease.
As founder of the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, she has placed emphasis on the study of plant medicine and cancer-pioneering work in plant medicine and healing inspiration.
“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer,” her facebook statement read.
In October 2021, Olivia opened up about her battle with the Stage 4 of the ailment, including how she was using medical marijuana to manage its pain. According to her, she received a third cancer diagnosis in September 2018, following initial diagnosis in 1992 and a second in May 2017.
Born in England in 1948 before migrating to Australia at 14, Olivia had a career in music in late 60s. However, her debut album, ‘If Not For You’, was released in 1971. She also veered into acting and ended up being paired with John Travolta in the 1978 hit flick, Grease.
With the movie peaking at No. 1 on the US Adult Contemporary chart and 25 on the pop chart, her music career also took an upward swing as reflected in ‘Summer Nights’, her biggest hit in 1978, followed by the duet with Travolta, ‘You’re the One That I want’, both of which peaked at No. 1 on the pop charts. However, her solo effort, “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” made it up to No. 3.
She is survived by her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, 36, and her husband of 14 years, John Easterling.