Grease star Dame Olivia Newton-John dies age 73

We'll always be hopelessly devoted to Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton John dies age 73

by Daisy Hall |

Australian actor and singer Oliver Newton-John has died age 73, her family has confirmed.

Olivia's husband, John Easterling, took to Instagram on Monday 8 August to share a statement with her 673,000 followers.

He wrote, "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 @onjfoundation.

"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."

Olivia became a household name by transforming into the one everybody wanted in 1978's musical hit, Grease, playing the loveable Sandy alongside John Travolta.

Shortly after Olivia's husband shared the sad news with the world, John Travolta released a statement on social media, which read, "My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!"

In addition to being one of the world's most established actors and singers, Olivia was also famous for her activism work; she worked endlessly to fight for environmental and animal rights. She also famously advocated for breast cancer research, after battling the disease for three decades.

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Celebrities who died in 2022

Bob Saget
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Comedian Bob Saget passed away on 9 January at the age of 65. He was best known for starring as Danny Tanner on Full House, a role he reprised for Fuller House, a Netflix reboot of the series. He was also known as the host of America's Funniest Home Videos and the narrator of How I Met Your Mother, voicing the older version of Ted Mosby. He is survived by his wife Kelly Rizzo and his three children.

Sidney Poitier
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Legendary actor Sidney Poitier died in January at the age of 94. Sidney was the first Black man to win the Oscar for best actor. He was best known for his appearances in films such as The Defiant Ones and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

Ronnie Spector
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Ronnie Spector, the Ronettes singer, known for hits Be My Baby, Baby I Love You and Walking in the Rain, died on 12 January at the age of 78 after a battle with cancer. The news was confirmed by Ronnie's family. They released a statement which read: "Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humor and a smile on her face. She was filled with love and gratitude."

Gaspard Ulliel
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French actor Gaspard Ulliel died on 19 January at the age of 37. He died in a skiing accident. He first rose to fame when he played a young Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal Rising in 2007. He will appear posthumously in Moon Knight, the new series from Marvel.

Meatloaf
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Meatloaf died on 20 January at the age of 74. He was most famous for his 1977 rock opera Bat Out of Hell and his hit songs Paradise by the Dashboard Light, Two Out of Three Ain't Bad, and I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That). He was also known for his role as Eddie in the cult 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show and played the tourbus driver in Spice World.

Cheslie Kryst
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Miss USA 2019 winner Cheslie Kryst passed away on the 30 January at the age of 30. Her family released a statement in which they said, "In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie."She cares, she loved, she laughed and she shined. Cheslie embodied love and served others, whether through her work as an attorney or fighting for social justice, as Miss USA and as a host on EXTRA."

Anna Karen
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EastEnders and On the Buses star Anna Karen passed away in a house fire on 22 February at the age of 85. A spokesperson for EastEnders said, "We are deeply saddened to hear that Anna Karen has passed away."Anna created a sharp, quick-witted and extremely popular character in Aunt Sal that the audience will never forget, just as those who worked with her at EastEnders will never forget her warmth, kindness fun and good humour."Our love and thoughts are with Anna's family and friends."

Jamal Edwards
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Jamal Edwards, founder of the YouTube channel SBTV that started the careers of artists such as Ed Sheeran and Stormzy, and son of Loose Women presenter Brenda Edwards sadly passed away on the 20 February. Outside of his work in music he was also and author and was awarded an MBE in 2015 for his contributions to music.

Anna Karen
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Joseph Owen Wandera has been described as a "promising young actor" and a "gifted visionary" following his sudden death from a seizure while on holiday in Costa Rica on 24 February aged 27. He appeared in Coronation Street in 2018.

Lynda Baron
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Lynda Baron passed away on 5 March at the age of 82. She was best known for her roles as as Nurse Gladys Emmanuel in BBC sitcom Open All Hours, Auntie Mabel in the BBC children's TV show Come Outside and Linda Clarke in EastEnders.She will be missed by many and was described by her agent, Donna French as "a wonderful actress and a great friend. Her iconic roles of Nurse Gladys in Open All Hours and Aunt Mabel in Come Outside were loved by all generations."

Shane Warne
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Australian cricketer Shane Warne sadly passed away in March. Shane had previously been the captain of the Australia national team and he was engaged to Elizabeth Hurley, and while their relationship didn't work out they remained friends.A spokesperson confirmed Shane had died in a statement, "Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived."

The family requests privacy at this time and will provide further details in due course. Elizabeth also paid her tribute on social media by saying, "I feel like the sun has gone behind a cloud forever. RIP my beloved Lionheart @shanewarne23."

Peter Bowles
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Actor Peter Bowles passed away in March at the age of 85 after a battle with cancer. He was best known for his role as self-made businessman Richard DeVere in To The Manor Born which aired from 1979 to 1981. He starred on the show alongside Dame Penelope Keith and the pair reprised their roles in a 2007 special.His manager said, "He leaves his wife of over 60 years, Sue, and their three children Guy, Adam and Sasha. Starting his career at the Old Vic Theatre in 1956, he starred in 45 theatrical productions ending at the age of 81 in The Exorcist at the Phoenix Theatre. "He worked consistently on stage and screen, becoming a household name on TV as the archetypal English gent in To The Manor Born, Only When I Laugh, The Bounder and Lytton's Diary, which he devised himself."

Taylor Hawkins
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Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins passed away on 25 March 2022 during the band's South American tour. Liam Gallagher dedicated Oasis hit Live Forever to Tony during his gig the following day.

Tom Parker
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The Wanted star Tom Parker sadly died in March at the age of 33 after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2020. His wife, Kelsey, said in a statement, "Our hearts are broken. Tom was the centre of our world. We can't imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence. "We are truly thankful for the outpouring of love and support and ask that we all unite to ensure Tom's light continues to shine for his beautiful children."His bandmates also released a statement, saying they were "devastated" by Parker's death and that they were with him and his family at his side when he died.

Jennifer Wilson
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Actress Jennifer Wilson sadly passed away in March at the age of 89. She was best know for her roles in Casualty, Doctors and Coronation Street.Rob Cope, a close friend of Jennifer's payed tribute to her by writing, "Farewell my lovely friend Jennifer Wilson who has passed away in Cannes aged 89."Jenny was a Shakesperean starlet before finding success in TV, most notably as Jennifer Kingsley in The Brothers."I shall remember the balmy hot nights in Cannes we shared together and the laughs."

Melanie Clark Pullen
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Actress Melanie Clark Pullen sadly passed away in March at age 46, less than a year after being diagnosed with brain cancer. She was best known for playing Pauline Fowler's niece, Mary Flaherty, on EastEnders from 1997 to 1999. EastEnders' official Twitter account issued the statement, "We're deeply saddened to hear that Melanie Clark Pullen has passed away. Our love and thoughts are with Melanie's family and friends". Melanie is survived by her husband Simon and three children.

June Brown
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EastEnders star June Brown, well known as Dot Cotton, sadly passed away in April aged 95. Her family confirmed the heartbreaking news and said, "We are deeply saddened to announce our beloved mother, June, passed away very peacefully at her home in Surrey on Sunday evening, with her family by her side. We would kindly ask that our privacy is respected at this very difficult time".

Dennis Waterman
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Actor Dennis Waterman, best known for his roles in Minder and New Tricks passed away at the age of 74 in May. His family released a statement saying, "We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved Dennis passed away very peacefully in hospital in Spain."

They added, "The family kindly ask that our privacy is respected at this very difficult time."

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Actor Ray Liotta, who was most known for his roles as Shoeless Joe Jackson in Field of Dreams (1989) and Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas (1990). Ray died in his sleep on 26 May at the age of 67 during the filming of Dangerous Waters in Santo Domingo.

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Andy Devine was a British actor primarily on television, whose best known role was Shadrach Dingle on one of longest-running soaps Emmerdale. He played Shadrach on and off starting in 2000 and made his final appearance in July 2010.

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Dame Deborah James, who is also known as Bowel Babe, died in June 2022 surrounded by her family following her battle with bowel cancer. Her family said in a statement, "Deborah shared her experience with the world to raise awareness, break down barriers, challenge taboos and change the conversation around cancer. Even in her most challenging moments, her determination to raise money and awareness was inspiring.

"Thank you for playing your part in her journey, you are all incredible.

And a few final things from Deborah…“find a life worth enjoying; take risks; love deeply; have no regrets; and always, always have rebellious hope. And finally, check your poo – it could just save your life.” x"

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Lauren Goodger's ex-boyfriend Jake McLean died in a car accident in Turkey in July 2022. His on / off girlfriend and TOWIE star Yazmin Oukhellou survived, but was in a critical but stable condition in hospital for some time. Jake, 33, is reported to have been driving in Bodrum when his vehicle veered over a cliff. Emergency crews were unable to save Jake, and Yazmin was flown to hospital where she is believed to have suffered "extremely serious damage" to her arm. Lauren paid tribute to Jake on her Instagram story, writing, "R.I.P Jake, I have no words right now. My thoughts are with your family & friends."

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Music icon Olivia Newton-John died age 73 in August. Her husband released a statement on her Instagram account, writing, "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 famously advocated for breast cancer research during her illustrious career, after battling the disease for three decades.

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