Olivia Newton-John will have a state funeral in Australia to celebrate her ‘incredible contributions’


By Zach Seemayer, ETOnline.com.

8 hours ago

Olivia Newton-John will be honored by Australia after her death on Monday at the age of 73.

The ‘Grease’ star’s niece, Tottie Goldsmith, recently spoke to Australian news program ‘A Current Affair’ and revealed Newton-John’s family have been officially offered a funeral. State by Nation and that she planned to accept this gracious honor.

“We will do this, not only on behalf of our family, but I think Australia needs it. She was so loved,” shared Goldsmith, 59, who is the daughter of Newton-John’s late sister, Rona, who died after a battle with brain cancer in 2013. “I think our country needs it, so we’re going to accept it.”

The offer was extended by Daniel Andrews, Premier of the Australian state of Victoria, who confirmed to News.com.au. that Victoria would hold a state funeral to celebrate “Newton-John’s music and film and all the other incredible contributions she has made” to the world.

“She’s followed her cancer journey and used it to save lives and change lives, and that’s just a deeply awesome thing,” Andrews told the outlet. “The research that is done there [at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre]the treatment, care, love and support that is at the heart of this place is a lasting legacy for the person she was.

Newton-John’s husband John Easterling announced the news of her passing on Monday morning in a heartfelt tribute shared on Instagram, writing alongside a photo of the actress, “Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) is passed away peacefully at her ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by my family and friends.

“Olivia has been a beacon of triumphs and hope for over 30 years, sharing her journey with breast cancer,” the statement continued. “Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to plant medicine and cancer research. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donation be done in his memory at the @onjfoundation.

Newton-John’s long-term battle with cancer began in 1992 when she went public with her first diagnosis of breast cancer. She went on to fund the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research and Wellness Center in Melbourne, Australia, and was a strong advocate for cancer treatment and research.

For more on the actress’ life and legacy, and the outpouring of love for Newton-John in the wake of her death, watch the video below.

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