Olivia Newton-John’s latest Instagram post, three days before her death, changed the entertainment industry and beyond as millions around the world continue to mourn the loss of the Australian icon.
The singer and actress posted a flashback photo with her husband, John Easterling, with the caption, “Memories Friday.”
She did not mention her health in the post.
In a family statement, Mr Easterling said Newton-John “departed peacefully” surrounded by family and friends, calling his late wife “a symbol of triumph and hope.”
“Olivia has been a symbol of triumph and hope for over 30 years as she speaks about her path to breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering expertise in plant medicine continues at the Olivia Newton-John Foundation, dedicated to plant medicine and cancer research,” he said in a statement.
Stars from all over the world continue to share their impressions of their beloved. Lubricant actress.
In an Instagram post, former co-star John Travolta praised Newton-John.
“My dear Olivia, you have made our lives so much better. Your influence has been incredible. I love you so much,” he wrote.
“We will see each other on the road and we will be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!
Australian star Bindi Irwin shared a photo of herself holding Newton-John’s hand during a charity event, writing, “One of the kindest and most wonderful souls the world has ever known.”
Hollywood heavyweight Antonio Banderas said: “Rest in peace, Olivia Newton-John. Deepest condolences to her family and loved ones.”
“Love and Light ONJ. You were a real icon and I just adored you,” said former co-star Rebel Wilson.
Barbra Streisand also wrote an Instagram tribute to her: “Too young to leave this world. Let her rip.
“I love you forever,” wrote Australian singer Delta Goodrem.
“Today the whole world will feel this grief, because the whole world has felt the unsurpassed light of Olivia. The power of good. Power of nature. Strong and kind.
“My mentor, my friend, my inspiration, the one who has always guided me… she has always been by my side. Family for me. I don’t have all the words I’d like to say today, but I hope everyone will join in the celebration of our beloved Olivia, her heart, soul, talent, courage, grace… I love you forever ❤️.”
Newton-John was born in Cambridge, East of England, in 1948.
She started performing at just 14 years old.
The singer-songwriter-actor has won four Grammy Awards in her career and has had five number one hits and ten top ten hits in her long career.
She was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2020 Queen’s New Year Honours, which meant she could officially use the term Dame Olivia Newton-John.
Her first solo album came out in 1971 with the title track Bob Dylan. In 1974, she represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing fourth in Brighton, in the south of England, where ABBA won with “Waterloo”.
She also had success in the United States, where she was the Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year in 1974, despite not being American.
The school musical Grease, released in 1978, propelled her to even higher heights, with the film becoming the highest-grossing film in the US that year.
In 2008, she helped fund the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center at Austin Hospital in Melbourne’s northeast suburbs.
In 2019, Newton-John told American TV presenter Gail King on CBS Sunday morning program that she got over cancer while being – to a certain extent – in “denial” of it
“Denial is really good. It’s really cool”.
The singer said that thoughts of cancer were “consuming” her day.
“And after a while I went, you know what, I don’t know what time I have; I need to enjoy life.
“So, I’m going to eat cookies. And I’ll have a cup of tea if I want; and if I want to drink some wine, I will, because the joy of life and everyday life should also be part of this healing process.”