The world was startled and heartbroken to discover in August that Olivia Newton-John had died at age 73 from breast cancer. Throughout her three decades of illness-related struggle, she has been an inspiration to many.
Rhett, the husband of Gali, shared the following on social media: “Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) died away quietly this morning at her Southern California ranch, surrounded by her family. Please respect the privacy of the family during this extremely difficult time.”
The statement stated, “Olivia has been a symbol of triumph and hope for over 30 years by sharing her breast cancer struggle.” In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund (ONJFoundationFund.org). Even if her cause of death was not specified, it is plausible to presume that she died of cancer because her family did not address it.
Olivia Newton-John was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. Regrettably, it reappeared in 2013. In May 2017, following a second diagnosis of breast cancer, Newton-John revealed that the disease had spread to her bones. The singer continued to work while delivering updates on her health journey during her battle with illness. In a 2019 interview with 60 Minutes Australia, she expressed her gratitude for being alive despite her ongoing cancer battle.
Newton-John told PEOPLE, “We know we’re going to die at some time, but we don’t know when.” When given a cancer diagnosis or a frighteningly honest diagnostic, a time restriction is abruptly presented. Tomorrow, you could very well be struck by a truck. Therefore, every day is a gift, especially now.”