Olivia Newton-John, Sandy from ‘Grease,’ dies at 73

Sept. 26, 1948 — Aug. 8, 2022

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Grammy Award-Winner Olivia Newton-John, the acclaimed singer and actor who starred as Sandy in “Grease,” died Monday. She was 73.

The star passed due to undisclosed causes at her Southern California ranch surrounded by family and friends.

Olivia’s husband, John Easterling, broke the news via his wife’s Facebook and Instagram pages, stating “Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years…”

“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. 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).

Olivia is survived by her husband John Easterling; daughter Chloe Lattanzi; sister Sarah Newton-John; brother Toby Newton-John; nieces and nephews Tottie, Fiona and Brett Goldsmith; Emerson, Charlie, Zac, Jeremy, Randall, and Pierz Newton-John; Jude Newton-Stock, Layla Lee; Kira and Tasha Edelstein; and Brin and Valerie Hall.”

John Easterling, husband, Olivia Newton-John

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