Heartfelt Tributes Flow Following Death of Olivia Newton-John

9 August 2022 | 10:37 am | Brenton Harris

"Yours from the moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!"

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Tributes are flowing from across the globe, following the passing of Olivia Newton-John. Stars of stage and screen have started sharing heartfelt tributes to the popular singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, and activist, whose passing at age 73 was confirmed this morning.

Grease co-starJohn Travolta shared his thoughts on the passing of the woman with whom he made movie musical history and shared a lifelong friendship. 

"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 moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!” 

Australian pop-superstar Kylie Minogue shared a photo of herself and Newton-John from a concert in 1988 on Twitter, accompanying the photo with a tribute to her hero. “Since I was 10 years old, I have loved and looked up to Olivia Newton-John. And, I always will,” she wrote. “She was, and always will be, an inspiration to me in so many, many ways. My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. x ONJ4EVER”

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In a statement, Molly Meldrum said: “Tonight, the stars will shine a little brighter and I am heartbroken! Livvy, as I call her, was one of those rare people who had a profound effect on the world and the people in it. Her purity was real, her passion for life was unwavering.  A Grammy Award winning recording artist, an extraordinary wife, mother and humanitarian, Liv’s tireless work has changed millions of lives and her legacy will live on forever. To me, Liv is family. My heart is broken. There simply will never be another like her.”

Rick Springfield showed his great affection for Newton-John "She was a beautiful soul and I know of no one who didn't love her or know what a great humanitarian she was."

Actor George Takei commented "We have lost a great, iconic artist in Olivia Newton John, gone too soon from us at age 73. I trust she is now in the great Xanadu beyond. Know that we are forever hopelessly devoted to you, Olivia. Rest in song and mirth."

Director James Gunn took to Twitter to show his love, letting slip that Newton-John was his first "real crush" in the process.

Newton-John's passing was confirmed by her husband, John Easterling, in a post on Facebook earlier today. In the post, which you can read below, Easterling shares that Olivia died at home, surrounded by friends and family. 

"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).

"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."

The English-born, Melbourne-raised Newton-John rose to worldwide fame following a star-making performance as Sandy Olsson in the 1978 movie musical Grease.

A singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, and activist, Newton-John was a multiple-time Grammy Award-winner, with a legacy of hits including Physical and I Honestly Love You. Her 1981 single Physical was a worldwide smash hit. Accompanied by one of the most instantly recognisable video clips ever made, for which it received the Grammy for 'video of the year, Physical is a cornerstone of early '80s pop. 

Since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, Newton-John dedicated much of her time to supporting efforts and raising funds to find a cure for cancer. Newton-John's work in that space includes the establishment of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, and the establishment of the Olivia Newton-John Foundation.