Olivia Newton-John Dies: Singer and ‘Grease’ Star Was 73

Olivia Newton John arrives for the G'Day USA Gala 2018 on January 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Singer, songwriter and actress Olivia Newton-John died Monday in California after a decades-long battle with breast cancer, her family said on social media. She was 73.

“Dame Olivia Newton-John 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,” her husband, John Easterling, announced on Instagram.

“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 @onjfoundation.”

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The British-born singer grew up in Australia and rose to the top of the charts around the world with her hit singles “Physical” and “You’re the One That I Want.”

She also starred alongside John Travolta in the beloved movie musical, Grease. Following the news of her death, Travolta shared a photo of his former co-star and a heartfelt tribute on Instagram.

“My dearest Olivia, 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 moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!”

Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. She became a vocal advocate about the disease and worked to raise awareness.

She was a four-time Grammy Award winner and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1981. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced flowers would be placed on her star this afternoon at 6925 Hollywood Blvd.