Olivia Newton-John, 73, died Monday. The news shocked millions of her fans across the globe. Although Olivia Newton-John’s cause has not been confirmed by coroner reports yet, John Easterling, her husband, stated in the death announcement that she had died from cancer. GreaseIcon has been battling breast cancer for a significant portion of her adult life. In 1992, she was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time. She has been fighting the disease on and off for the past 30 years.
The statement of her husband, which was Published on Facebook, began, “Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time.”
“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer,”The statement went on. “Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund (ONJFoundationFund.org).”Newton-John’s death was likely due to cancer, even though her family didn’t give her an official cause of death.
In 1992, the singer was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time. Unfortunately, the cancer returned in 2013. Newton-John revealed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer once more in May 2017. It had spread to her bones. Newton-John shared updates on her health and continued working throughout her battle against cancer. She spoke to Australia’s 60 minutesIn 2019, she told the outlet that she was grateful to be alive despite her ongoing battle with the disease.
“I’m living with it. It’s just reinforced my gratitude,”Newton-John stated, “Persevere!” PEOPLE. “We know we’re gonna die at some point and we don’t know when it is. When you’re given a cancer diagnosis or a scary honest diagnosis, you’re suddenly given a possibility of a time limit. The truth is, you could get hit by a truck tomorrow. So every day is a gift, particularly now.”Newton-John is survived her husband Easterling, daughter Chloe Lattanzi; brother Toby Newton John; and many nieces and nephews.