Olivia Newton-John passed away on Monday (August 8) following her third battle with cancer. She was 73 years old.
Her husband, John Easterling, released the following statement:
“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 continued:
“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 @onjfoundation.”
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After Olivia’s passing, her niece, Tottie Goldsmith, appeared to speak on Australia’s A Current Affair.
Tottie said the family was asked if they’d like to honor Olivia in an Australian state funeral. While no plans were official at the time of Tottie’s interview, she said the family intended to accept the offer.
“We will, on behalf of not just our family, but I think Australia needs it. She’s so loved,” Tottie said.
Daniel Andrews, who is the premier of the Australian state Victoria, also confirmed that Australia wants to honor Olivia in a state funeral:
“As for celebrating her life … her music and film and all the other amazing contributions that she made, we would, of course, want to speak to the family and be as respectful as we can,” he said, according to news.com.au. “She took her cancer journey and used that to save lives and change lives, and that’s just a deeply impressive thing.“
Tottie did not get the chance to see her beloved aunt in person before she passed away. But she was able to speak to her over FaceTime. “I managed to see her, and told her all the things I needed to say and wanted to say,” she said.
You can watch Tottie’s full interview in the video below. May Olivia rest in peace.