Olivia Newton-John dies at 73

SANTA BARBARA, California (WDEF) – Singer and Actor Olivia Newton-John has died at the age of 73.

Her family posted that she passed peacefully at her ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends.

“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).”

Newton-John began her musical career in a country vein in her native Australia )“Have You Never Been Mellow”), but became an international pop star (“Physical”).

But her role in the musical Grease and her hit duet “You’re the One That I Want” may have been her largest cultural contribution.

Newton-John was actually born in England, but raised in Melbourne.

She first emerged as a soft-rock, country-pop artist in the 1970s.

Her role as “good girl” Sandy Olsson in Grease launched her career into a new orbit.

She sold more than 100 million albums and scored almost 40 hits during a five decade career.

But in 1992, she was first diagnose with breast cancer.

And 25 years later, she announced the cancer had returned to her lower back.



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