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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27: Olivia Newton John performs before the round 10 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Carlton Blues at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 27, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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.

Love from Peter Frampton with a throwback photo.

Actress and producer Viola Davis expressed her heartbreak on Twitter with this tweet.

Musician Richard Marx paid his respects with a collage of photos with him and the star over the years.

Actor Antonio Banderas paid tribute with a collage of Newton-John‘s film work.

Fellow Aussie, Hugh Jackman, posted this very sweet tribute on his Twitter page.

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.

But of all the tributes, this has to be the one that grabs the heartstrings the most, from the official Grease Twitter page.

RIP, Olivia. Thank you for the music.

Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ Las Vegas

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