Olivia Newton-John, the Grease star who died of breast cancer, leaves us at 73

Olivia Newton-John

The actress [Olivia Newton-John] had played the role of Sandy alongside John Travolta in the cult 1978 film

Olivia Newton-John died on Monday 8 August at the age of 73. 

The Australian-born actress who became famous around the world for playing the character of Sandy in the 1978 musical Grease (alongside a very young John Travolta in the role of Danny Zuko), passed away at her home in California after a long battle with breast cancer, first diagnosed in the early 1990s.

After discovering the disease, she became a major advocate in the fight against cancer and her charity, the Olivia Newton-John Foundation, has raised millions of pounds to support research over the decades.

Olivia Newton-John

“Mrs. Olivia Newton-John died peacefully on her ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. 

We ask everyone to respect the privacy of the family in this very difficult time, ”announced in a statement John Easterling, husband of Olivia .

“Olivia has been a symbol of triumph and hope for over 30 years by sharing her journey with breast cancer. 

Her healing inspiration and her pioneering experience with homeopathic medicine will go on with the Olivia Newton John Foundation. 

Instead of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in his memory to the association “, concluded the message announcing the death of Sandy from Grease , who in May 2017 was diagnosed with particularly breast cancer. aggressive that had metastasized her sacrum.

News of the death of Newton-John which was greeted with great sadness by fans and friends of the actress starting with Travolta , who promptly wrote a farewell message to the former colleague.

“My dearest Olivia, you have made all of our lives so much better,” John Travolta began on Instagram. “

Your impact has been incredible. Love You so much. We will see each other along the way and we will all be together again. 

Yours from the moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John! “

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