The country music community mourns the loss of legend Olivia Newton-John, beloved member of the genre and critically acclaimed Hollywood actress.
Early Monday morning (August 8), Newton-John’s husband, John Easterling, announced that his wife had died peacefully at the age of 73 at their ranch in Southern California after her decades-long battle with cancer. breast. Since being diagnosed in 1992, the “Grease” star has become an advocate and has spoken out on her journey to help others fight back without fear.
The “Physical” singer faced cancer again in 2013 and was in remission until the disease returned stronger than ever in 2018. While undergoing treatment for stage 4 breast cancer, she dedicated her time to finding a cure with her fund from the Oliva Newton-John Foundation.
“I’m really excited. It’s something that’s been in my heart and in my mind for many years,” she once told ET of her charitable efforts. 28 years old and having undergone surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, I always dreamed that we could find gentler ways to treat cancer.”
Generous contributions to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation have supported global research in plant medicine for cancer. Along with the devastating announcement, Easterling encouraged fans to donate to his wife’s efforts to celebrate her good life.
The world fell in love with Olivia Newton-John in the 1978 classic, “Grease.” Her chemistry with co-star John Travolta was infectious, and they became one of the most beloved on-screen couples in history. Prior to starring as Sandy alongside idol character Danny Zuko, she made a name for herself in the country music space.
She signed a deal in 1966 with Decca Records. However, it wasn’t until she released her country-flavored single “Let Me Be There” that she was thrust into the limelight.
Shortly after the release, the Country Music Association named her Female Vocalist of the Year. The singer also won two Grammys for the swing-worthy song “I Honestly Love You.” Newton-John’s pure voice has won several prestigious accolades, marked his many No. 1 hits, and sold him over 100 million albums.
Although Newton-John took a break from her country career to continue performing, she was a vital part of the country community. Artists and devoted fans honor the late icon with warm words and fond memories.
Wynonna Judd: “Her sweet spirit filled the room when she walked into the theater the day I met her. What a kind and beautiful woman… 💛 #RIP.
Sheryl Raven: “Sad to learn of the passing of Olivia Newton-John. She was a beautiful artist and a brave warrior as she gracefully battled breast cancer. Rest in peace Olivia.”
Morgan Evans: “Rest in peace to these two powerhouses who have made the world a better place with their music and their presence.”
Keith Urban: “Livvie brought the most divine light to the world…so much love, joy, inspiration and kindness…and we will always be hopelessly devoted to you – Keith and Nic.”
Deana Carter: “Totally devastated to learn of this great loss today. 💔 I admired @therealonj so much. She was an inspiration, a shining light and above all… a beautifully kind person. My childhood wouldn’t have been complete without you, Olivia. ‘Desperately devoted to you forever. Love and prayers to the family.’
Tanya Tucker: “When I heard Let Me Be There in 1973 I fell in love with this song by @therealonj. Olivia Newton-John and was supposed to record it that same year too! It’s on my debut album. So sad to to hear of her passing. She was fabulous. I hate cancer and the way it destroyed some of my best friends.
Kelsea Ballerini: “Olivia newton-john forever 💔”
LeAnn Rimes: “What sad news! What a sweet soul. #RIPOliviaNewtonJohn.
Kenny Rogers’ team: “We sincerely love you, Olivia! We know Kenny felt the same way. What a genuine and lasting impression you have made on the world with your many talents, your kindness and your bravery. You are timeless. Your song will continue on and on. – Team KR.
Georgette Jones: “It makes me so sad. Olivia Newton-John has passed away at 73. I was honored and blessed to work with her on the TV show Sordid Lives thanks to my friend, Del Shores. She was beautiful on the inside like on the outside and so nice to a rookie like me. I loved her and I was obsessed with Grease and Xanadu and I loved her voice. RIP beautiful soul.
Lee Greenwood: “So sad to hear of the passing of Olivia Newton-John. I admired her talent and compassion for our first responders. This photo was taken with Kim and I with Olivia and Brooke Shields as we visited Ground Zero – the World Trade Center site just days after the attack on America with the USO.
Savannah Keyes: “The loss of Olivia Newton-John crushes me. An icon, a class act and one of my biggest idols.