Olivia Newton John and John Travolta in a scene from the film ‘Grease’, 1978. (Paramount/Getty Images)
Tributes have poured in after the death of the incomparable Olivia Newton-John, aged 73.
The iconic singer and actor passed away from cancer on Monday (8 August), her husband John Easterlig announced.
Newton-John was diagnosed with cancer for a third time in 2019. She was first diagnosed in 1992, with the cancer returning in 2013, and she spent much of her later life advocating for medical cannabis.
Easterling wrote: “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.”
Over her almost 60-year career in show-business, Olivia Newton-John left a mark in the industry that will not easily be forgotten.
After the news broke, her Grease co-star John Travolta shared a touching message in memory of their friendship.
“My dearest Olivia,” he wrote on Instagram, “you made all of our lives so much better. 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! Your Danny, your John!”
Wonder Woman actor Lynda Carter said: “I am crushed to hear that my friend @olivianj has died. She was a true light in this world and I loved all the times we worked together. My love goes out to her family and her friends. What a beautiful human.”
I am crushed to hear that my friend @olivianj has died. She was a true light in this world and I loved all the times we worked together. My love goes out to her family and her friends. What a beautiful human. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/R9X5656sTF
— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) August 8, 2022
Stockard Channing, who played Rizzo in Grease, told People: “I don’t know if I’ve known a lovelier human being, Olivia was the essence of summer – her sunniness, her warmth and her grace are what always come to mind when I think of her.”
Singers who Newton-John met and collaborated with over the years also paid tribute to her astonishing talent.
Fellow Australian pop-icon Kylie Minogue wrote: “Since I was 10 years old, I have loved and looked up to Olivia Newton John. And, I always will.
“She was, and always will be, an inspiration to me in so many, many ways. My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones.”
Since I was ten years old, I have loved and looked up to Olivia Newton John. And, I always will. (Just like this picture @nfsaonline) She was, and always will be, an inspiration to me in so many, many ways. My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. x ONJ4EVER pic.twitter.com/3nE8PVDFLy
— Kylie Minogue (@kylieminogue) August 8, 2022
Mariah Carey added: “I dressed up as Bad Sandy for Halloween in 5th grade and thought I was everything. Years later, THE Olivia Newton-John walked out onto my stage in Melbourne, Australia…
“We sang our hearts out together to “Hopelessly Devoted To You.” This is a moment I will never ever forget.”
I dressed up as Bad Sandy for Halloween in 5th grade and thought I was everything. Years later, THE Olivia Newton-John walked out onto my stage in Melbourne, Australia and we sang our hearts out together to “Hopelessly Devoted To You.” This is a moment I will never ever forget. pic.twitter.com/P4jsfV9Dsp
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) August 9, 2022
Rock singer Rod Stewart, who was close to Newton-John, shared a sweet message in memory of her iconic Sandy.
“My great friend Olivia Newton John has passed away. She was the perfect Lady, gorgeous, with great poise and with a certain Aussie sophistication.
“Her spandex trousers in Grease were my inspiration for my ‘Da ya think I’m Sexy‘ era.”
Chris Colfer reminisced on the time Newton-John also made an memorable cameo on Glee.
“Olivia Newton-John was one of the nicest people I was lucky enough to meet and work with on Glee. Such an amazing talent and beautiful soul.”
Friend and musician Peter Frampton added: “One of the most genuinely beautiful souls has left us. Olivia Newton-John was an amazing artist in every way.
“She was a dear friend to me and to all. Olivia is the definition of the phrase “Down to earth”. I love you Liv”
Rest In Peace, Olivia Newton-John. Hers was one of the voices of my childhood. Deepest condolences to everyone she loved and loved her.
— Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) August 8, 2022
Farewell with love to the legend who will forever be my first crush. Rest In Peace, Olivia Newton-John. 🥲🙏🏼👼🏻 https://t.co/IDdhwtoiDX
— Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim) August 8, 2022
this is crushing. I absolutely loved this woman. what a damn shame. so young. so talented. RIP Olivia Newton John. pic.twitter.com/LypVvLuH3B
— Michael Rosenbaum (@michaelrosenbum) August 8, 2022
💔 She was a childhood idol, a super talent, so brave, always elegant & one of the most beautiful souls I’ve ever met. RIP Olivia. Sending condolences, love & light to her family. @olivianj 🕊 pic.twitter.com/9qC7e8nSPQ
— Daisy Fuentes Marx (@DaisyFuentes) August 8, 2022
Rest in peace, Olivia Newton-John. Deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/EeefzKBKCO
— Antonio Banderas (@antoniobanderas) August 8, 2022
#OliviaNewtonJohn was one of my biggest influences and greatest musical loves. Rest In Peace you extraordinary sweet, kind, loving heart. You were and are a gift. ❤️🙏🏼
— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) August 8, 2022
“Grease” is my #1 movie of all time and made me a lifelong Olivia Newton John fan. Me and my sister watched Xanadu more times than I could count. Sending so much love and prayers to a real gift of a woman and talent. #RIPOliviaNewtonJohn 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 https://t.co/1M8lcVQuON
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) August 8, 2022
Sweet Olivia has gone home. She was a beautiful soul and I know of no one who didn’t love her or know what a great humanitarian she was. The world is out of balance when we lose these magnificent people. God speed Livvy. We will all meet again ❤️❤️❤️ @olivianj 💔💔💔 pic.twitter.com/8tV5j8XvII
— Rick Springfield (@rickspringfield) August 8, 2022
I am SO saddened at the news of the passing of Olivia Newton John. I remember being so star struck when I met her at my first Hollywood gathering for Paramount. She was the sweetest and brightest light and I loved getting to know her on “It’s My Party.” RIP dear, sweet Olivia. pic.twitter.com/4FFgolVQNk
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) August 8, 2022
Olivia Newton John was a legend, an icon, a talent, and I became obsessed with her and Grease from the moment I watched it. Who didn’t? I’m so sad to hear of her passing, but glad I got to see her perform live in Newark a few years ago. Wouldn’t go to Newark for anyone else!💔 pic.twitter.com/BFWigY0i5b
— Anna Roisman (@AnnaRoisman) August 8, 2022
We are terribly saddened by the passing of Dame Olivia Newton-John AC DBE.
British born and Australian raised, Dame Olivia inspired us in song and brought us together as one.
We remember her with our British friends, and send our deepest condolences to her loved ones.
— Australia House (@AusHouseLondon) August 8, 2022
The legendary Olivia Newton-John has died at 73. pic.twitter.com/9hV4rul0XC
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) August 8, 2022
We have lost a great, iconic artist in Olivia Newton John, gone too soon from us at age 73. I trust she is now in the great Xanadu beyond. Know that we are forever hopelessly devoted to you, Olivia. Rest in song and mirth.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 8, 2022