British-born Australian singer and actress Olivia Newton-John died on Monday at the age of 73, according to a post on her Instagram account.
“Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” the social media post said.
Olivia Newton-John, the singer-actress is best remembered for her performance in “Grease,”
The singer had disclosed a battle with breast cancer in recent years.
John Easterling, who married Newton-John in 2008, wrote:
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.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 Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund (ONJFoundationFund.org).
Newton-John, who was born in Great Britain but raised in Australia, had a string of hits in the 1970s. But she shot to fame based on her role as Sandy alongside John Travolta in the 1978 musical “Grease,” in addition to performing several hit singles on the soundtrack.