Actress and singer Olivia Newton-John dead at age 73

Beloved Hollywood actress and singer Olivia Newton-John, a star of the 1978 hit musical “Grease,” passed away on Monday at the age of 73, the Daily Wire reported.

The death was revealed on Newton-John’s social media accounts by her husband, John Easterling, who shared that she had passed “peacefully” at her home while “surrounded by family and friends.”

Death announced by husband

“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,” the statement from Easterling said.

“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer,” the post continued. “Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer.”

The statement added that, rather than send flowers, fans and supporters were encouraged to make a donation to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, and noted that she was survived by her husband, a daughter, a brother and sister, and several nieces and nephews.

Music and movies

Yahoo! Entertainment reported that Newton-John was born in Oxford, England in 1948 but moved to Melbourne, Australia with her family when she was just five years old.

She began to sing early in life and quit school to pursue a musical career after winning a contest at the age of 16, and became a chart-topping sensation in the 1970s, even as her genre and style shifted from folk-rock to country to pop music by the 1980s.

Though her singing career stretched over decades, arguably her biggest hit came in 1981 with the pop album and single “Physical,” which featured a rather provocative and controversial, for its time, music video that received ample play on the nascent MTV and earned her a Grammy Award for Video of the Year.

Perhaps the biggest breakthrough for Newton-John in terms of Hollywood stardom, however, came when she co-starred with John Travolta in “Grease,” the soundtrack of which contained three of her biggest hits, and by all accounts seemed to set a path for her to become a huge movie star.

However, she only starred in a couple of other movies, both of which flopped — 1980’s “Xanadu” and 1983’s “Two of a Kind” — after which Newton-John largely stepped away from Hollywood and focused on her music.

Previously a cancer survivor

It appears unclear what, exactly, resulted in Newton-John’s death, but Yahoo noted that she had battled and seemingly defeated cancer on three different occasions — breast cancer in 1992, cancer in her shoulder in 2013, and a cancerous tumor on her spine in 2017.

Newton-John will undoubtedly be missed by fans of her movies and music, who will certainly join her family and friends in mourning their tragic loss.

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