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Olivia Newton-John Dies at 73

Newton-John passed away Monday after a decades-long battle with breast cancer.
  • Olivia Newton-John (Photo: James Atoa/Everett Collection)
    Olivia Newton-John (Photo: James Atoa/Everett Collection)

    Olivia Newton-John died Monday morning at the age of 73.

    Newton-John's husband, John Easterling, announced the news on her Facebook page, saying, "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 actor, singer, and songwriter had been fighting breast cancer for decades.

    Newton-John is best known as a musician and for her film roles, starring in Grease, Xanadu, and more. She also appeared in a number of TV shows, including Sordid Lives: The SeriesSnowy River: The McGregor Saga and Glee, in which she played a mean and rude fictional version of herself.

    Newton-John's Facebook page added, "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)."

    She is survived by her husband John Easterling and her daughter Chloe Lattanzi.

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    TOPICS: Olivia Newton-John, Glee