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‘Grease’ icon Olivia Newton-John loses battle with breast cancer, dies at 73

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Olivia Newton-John as Sandy Olsson in Grease
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Olivia Newton-John died at the age of 73, succumbing to breast cancer. Her family confirmed her death on Monday.

The actress’s husband, John Easterling posted to her social media accounts the following statement:

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 @onjfoundation

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.

Newton-John was widely known for her role in the movies Grease, Xanadu and Two of a Kind. She was also a singer who held over 25 top 40 singles, with over half reaching the top 10 and five #1 hits. She was also ranked in the top 100 by VH1 as one of the greatest women in rock n roll.

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