On Monday morning, Olivia Newton-John, the double threat from Down Under who stole America’s heart as the good girl Sandy in “Grease,” then skyrocketed to international fame as a pop superstar, at age 73, died.
In a Facebook post, John Easterling said his wife “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,” Easterling added.
According to reports, no official cause of death was given, but the star battled cancer for three decades and had been very public with her most recent bout of the disease since receiving the diagnosis in May 2017.
“Olivia has been a symbol of triumph and hope for over 30 years, sharing her journey with breast cancer,” he 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,” he added.
In media interviews, Newton-John was candid about her battle with cancer.
“I’d be lying if I said I never go (down the rabbit hole of fear). There are moments when I’m human,” Newton-John said.
“So if I allow myself to go there, I could easily create a big fear, but my husband’s always there, and he’s always there to support me,” Newton-John added.