The world was hit with some sad news yesterday. Olivia Newton-John lost her battle with breast cancer and passed away peacefully in her home in Southern California. The news was announced by Newton-John‘s husband, John Easterling, who said the star was surrounded by her family at her ranch in Santa Ynez. Newton-John had been a pillar of hope and strength for others who were fighting breast cancer. She was originally diagnosed in 1992 and doctors attributed her success in beating it to her diligence with routine check-ups. In her treatment, Newton-John had to undergo nine months of chemotherapy, a partial mastectomy and a breast reduction. Ten years later, Newton-John opened the Olivia Newton-John Cancer And Wellness Center in Melbourne, Australia. The cancer returned in 2013 and Newton-John privately battled it. In 2017 it came back for the third time and had metastasized to the base of her spine. Newton-John confirmed then that it was stage 4.
Olivia Newton-John was an icon in the acting and music world. She sold over 100 million albums as a singer and canonized some of our most beloved movie roles in movies like Grease and Xanadu. Newton-John finally lost her battle with the disease on August 8, 2022. And since then celebrities have been pouring out the love for Olivia.
Of course, John Travolta was one of the first to pay his respects. The Danny to her Sandy, Travolta posted a sweet goodbye to Newton-John on his Instagram page.
Rod Stewart said a few words on his Twitter page, and even confessed Newton-John‘s Sandy look in Grease was the inspiration for one of his songs.
My great friend Olivia Newton John has passed away. She was the perfect Lady, gorgeous, with great poise and with a certain Aussie sophistication.— Sir Rod Stewart (@rodstewart) August 8, 2022
Her spandex trousers in Grease were my inspiration for my ‘Da ya think I’m Sexy‘ era.
Sir Rod pic.twitter.com/Suleq8JSkX
Love from Peter Frampton with a throwback photo.
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 pic.twitter.com/FKyUd7WfRs— Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) August 8, 2022
Actress and producer Viola Davis expressed her heartbreak on Twitter with this tweet.
Oh man!!! You were my childhood!! Your talent, poise, beauty!! Rest in glorious peace. God bless your family....and thank you for creating eternal memories. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/eaS2wmURIh— Viola Davis (@violadavis) August 8, 2022
Musician Richard Marx paid his respects with a collage of photos with him and the star over the years.
My heart is broken. Rest now, sweet friend. You were as kind and loving a person as there’s ever been. I’ll miss you every day. 💔 pic.twitter.com/Z1zkVe9CVb— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) August 8, 2022
Actor Antonio Banderas paid tribute with a collage of Newton-John‘s film work.
Rest in peace, Olivia Newton-John. Deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/EeefzKBKCO— Antonio Banderas (@antoniobanderas) August 8, 2022
Fellow Aussie, Hugh Jackman, posted this very sweet tribute on his Twitter page.
@olivianj was one of the most open, generous & funny people I’ve known. She was a one of kind spirit. It’s no secret Olivia was my first crush. I kissed her (poster) every night before bed. Her legacy will only grow stronger in the years to come. @onjfoundation 📸 @GettyImages pic.twitter.com/ZSmTMXsl5b— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) August 8, 2022
Chris Colfer recalled what it was like to work with Newton-John. Everyone said she was one of the nicest people they’d ever known.
We couldn’t agree with KT Tunstall more.
Fly well Olivia Newton-John 🕊🔥— KT Tunstall (@KTTunstall) August 8, 2022
What an icon 💔 pic.twitter.com/YlrHy5eoA3
But of all the tributes, this has to be the one that grabs the heartstrings the most, from the official Grease Twitter page.
In loving memory of our Sandy, Olivia Newton-John.❤️ pic.twitter.com/QGOiCrQSM3— Grease (@GoGrease) August 8, 2022
RIP, Olivia. Thank you for the music.
–Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ Las Vegas