Grease star Olivia Newton-John dies at age 73

Australian singer and actress Dame Olivia Newton-John has died at the age of 73, her husband has confirmed.

The British-born singer passed away “peacefully” Monday morning at her Southern California ranch, surrounded by family and friends.

Newton-John is best known for her lead role in the 1978 film Grease, in which she starred opposite John Travolta as Sandy.

In a statement on Instagram, her husband John Easterling wrote: “We ask everyone to respect the privacy of the family at this very difficult time.

“Olivia has been a symbol of triumph and hope for sharing her journey with breast cancer for over 30 years.

“Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience in plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, which is dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer.”

Mr Easterling added that in lieu of flowers, donations are made to the Newton-John foundation.

She is survived by her husband and daughter Chloe Lattanzi.

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