Olivia Newton-John, ‘Grease’ Star and Grammy Winner, Dies at 73
British Australian pop star who dominated the pop culture of an era, Olivia Newton-John has died after repeated treatments for cancer at the age of 73 as announced by her family.
“Dame Olivia Newton-John … passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” John Easterling, her husband, said in a statement on her official Facebook page, as reported by NBCNews.
“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 the late ’70s and early ’80s, Newton-John was one of the most recognizable celebrities in the world. She stole hearts in the 1978 blockbuster “Grease” and dominated the charts with songs like the 1981 hit “Physical,” which was the No. 1 single of that decade, according to Billboard.