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Mike Bedigan PA & Katie Williams

Grease star Olivia Newton-John dies aged 73 of breast cancer

Dame Olivia Newton-John has died at the age of 73, her husband has confirmed.

The Grease star died “peacefully” at her ranch in Southern California on Monday morning, surrounded by family and friends. The actress and singer is best known for her starring role in the 1978 film Grease, in which she starred opposite John Travolta as Sandy.

Her sublime performance of Sandy was nominated for multiple awards including two Golden Globes, and various other film accolades.

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Taking to Instagram John Travolta said that her “impact was incredible” and signed off his tribute to the actress as “your Danny”.

The Pulp-Fiction actor wrote: “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!”

As well as her iconic performance in Greece, Dame Olivia is also a multi-platinum selling singer, with two singles and two albums having earned the stamp from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Back in 1974, she even represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Long Live Love.

The British-born star came fourth, losing out to Abba with their winning song Waterloo.

In a statement posted to Instagram, her husband John Easterling wrote: “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.”

Mr Easterling added that in lieu of flowers, donations could be made to Dame Olivia’s foundation.

She is survived by her husband as well as her daughter Chloe Lattanzi.

Olivia Newton-John performed at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of the Celtic Connections Festival on January 24, 2017.


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