Olivia Newton-John, star of Grease dies aged 73

olivia newton-john, star of grease dies aged 73

Olivia Newton-John has passed away surrounded by friends and family.  (Supplied)

British-born Australian singer and actress, Dame Olivia Newton-John, has died.

Messages posted to her official social media accounts said the 73-year-old “passed away peacefully” at her ranch in southern California surrounded by family and friends.

She won multiple Grammy awards over a five-decade-long career and was well known for her role as Sandy in the film Grease.

On her official Facebook page, husband John Easterling described Newton-John as 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,” he wrote.

The entertainer is survived by her husband John Easterling and daughter Chloe Lattanzi.

Newton-John had early success through the song Let Me Be There, which won her a Grammy.

Her most famous records included the Record of the Year Grammy winner I Honestly Love You and Physical.

However, Newton-John’s career soared after she starred in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Grease as Sandy alongside John Travolta in 1978.

The soundtrack would spend 12 non-consecutive weeks at number 1, with Newton-John becoming the second woman to have two singles – Hopelessly Devoted to You and Summer Nights – in the Billboard top-five simultaneously.

Grease co-star John Travolta posted a tribute to Newton-John on social media.

“My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better,” Travolta said.

“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!”

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