Olivia Newton-John Dead At Age 73

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Leena Nasir Entertainment Reporter
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Legendary actress and singer Olivia Newton-John died peacefully at her Southern California ranch Monday morning.

Newton was surrounded by her family and friends at the time of her passing, according to a post shared to social media by Newton’s husband John Easterling. Her exact cause of death has not yet been publicly declared, but it is widely known that Newton has battled breast cancer for over 30 years, according to the outlet.

“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer,” Easterling said.

“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,” Easterling wrote.

Newton’s most iconic role was opposite John Travolta in the timeless classic “Grease,” which premiered in 1978. She played the role of Sandy in the film and was forever connected to this widely acclaimed production. (RELATED: Famous Actor From ‘Last Picture Show’ Dead At 93)

Newton was responsible for the massive hit song “Physical,” which soared to the top of the charts and clinched the number one spot for an astounding 10 weeks when it was released in 1981, according to TMZ. Other notable hit songs by the artist include, “If Not for You,” “Let Me Be There” and her huge hit, “Have You Never Been Mellow.”

After rising to international fame, Newton continued to see widespread success in the entertainment industry, like her involvement in “Xanadu.” She will be deeply missed by her friends, family, and the millions of fans that have followed her decades-long career.

“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,” according to Easterling’s social media post.