By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Source: Olivia Newton-John’s Husband John Easterling (Information)
Pictures: Wikimedia Commons and Olivia Newton-John via Facebook (Courtesy)
Santa Ynez Valley, California: Singer, beloved ‘Grease’ movie actress and activist Dame Olivia Newton-John has died on Monday, August 8th, 2022 at her ranch.
Olivia Newton-John’s Husband John Easterling issued a statement that mentioned his wife’s three-decade-plus battle with breast cancer, but he didn’t specify how she died.
The statement by John Easterling was posted on social media and reads, “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 Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund (ONJFoundationFund.org).”
Newton-John was among the world’s most popular entertainers starting from 1973 on where; having 14 top 10 singles just in the United States, and winning 4 Grammys.
Many will remember Newton-John’s 1981 smash hit “Physical,” which stayed for 10 weeks at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 list, longer than any other single in the ’80s.
She is also well known for her role as Sandy Olsson in “Grease” along side co-star John Travolta.
The movie ‘Grease,’ which was released in 1978, was one of the highest-grossing musical movies of all time, earning nearly $400 million at the box office.
Actor and ‘Grease’ co-star John Travolta reacted to the passing of Newton-John and posting on social media, “My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!”
Newton-John’s recent albums included “Stronger Than Before”; a holiday collaboration with Travolta, “This Christmas,” and the autobiographical “Gaia: One Woman’s Journey,” inspired by her battle with cancer and by the loss of her father.
Newton-John was also passionate about the environment and animal rights.
Newton-John received an OBE in 1979, and in 2019 was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, though the title Dame Olivia did not fall into everyday usage.
Newton-John was admitted to the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame in 2002 and was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2019.
Newton-John was married twice; first to actor Matt Lattanzi in 1984, who she met on the set of the film Xanadu.
The couple had a daughter, Chloe, in 1986 and divorced amicably in 1995.
Newton-John married businessman John Easterling in an Incan spiritual ceremony in 2008, and the couple bought a home on Jupiter Island, Florida, but never moved there.
The couple later bought a horse ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley, outside Santa Barbara.
Newton-John was an activist for environmental and animal rights causes, and after her first cancer diagnosis, Newton-John became a prominent campaigner, setting up the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Research Centre in Melbourne; her prominence as an activist for research and better treatment will likely remain as key an element of her legacy as her showbiz career.
In September 2018, Newton-John revealed that she was treating cancer at the base of her spine, and that it was her third cancer diagnosis, following bouts with breast cancer in the early 1990’s and in 2017.
Newton-John 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.
ZachNews and the people of the Colorado River Tri-State communities send our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Dame Olivia Newton-John.