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Celebrity musician and "Grease" star Olivia Newton-John passed away at age 73

Dame Olivia Newton-John, an actress and singer best known for her iconic performance as Sandy in Grease and smash singles like "Physical," has died at the age of 73. Her husband John Easterling announced the news in a Facebook statement, requesting respect for the star's family and friends.

Celebrity musician and "Grease" star Olivia Newton-John passed away at age 73

Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) died quietly this morning at her Ranch in Southern California, surrounded by loved ones, according to Easterling. We kindly request that everyone respect the family's privacy during this extremely trying time. Newton-John had breast cancer for thirty years, a disease that she not only fought but also raised money to treat in both herself and others, in addition to a number of other charitable causes.

The Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, which is focused on studying plant medicine and cancer, "continues her healing inspiration and pioneering expertise with plant medicine," the post said. The family requests that any memorial contributions go to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund rather than sending flowers.

When he represented the United Kingdom at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, Newton-John first gained notoriety. In the 1970s and 1980s, she would go on to become a famous thanks to her performance as good girl Sandy in the movie Grease opposite John Travolta, who expressed his sorrow over her departure by saying, "You made all of our lives so much better." Throughout her legendary musical career, which inspired numerous leg warmer Halloween costumes, Newton-John won four Grammy awards and had five number-one hits. Even now, references to "Physical," arguably her best-known tune, can be found in programs like Glee and the 2021 series, which gets its name from the popular song.

Celebrity musician and "Grease" star Olivia Newton-John passed away at age 73

Newton-John worked tirelessly for the environment, animal rights, and public health. In addition to funding plant-based cancer treatments through the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, she established the Olivia Newton John Cancer Research Institute in Heidelberg, Australia, in 2015. She is survived by her husband Easterling, sister Sarah, daughter Chloe Lattanzi, and a number of nieces and nephews in addition to her sister.

We send our sympathies to Newton-loved John's ones.