“Grease” Star Olivia Newton-John Dies at 73

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Olivia Newton-John at "This Morning" TV show in 2017. Photo by Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock (8112226bg)

Olivia Newton-John, who became a household name thanks to her iconic role in Grease, passed away at the age of 73. The four-time Grammy winner lost a decades-long battle with breast cancer, and her family asked for privacy during this difficult time.

According to a statement on Newton-John’s Facebook page, the actress passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California on Monday 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,” reads the statement signed by the star’s husband John Easterling.

Newton-John found success as a singer in Australia before becoming a worldwide sensation thanks to Grease in the late ’70s. She played the role of Sandy Olsson alongside John Travolta and the duo performed some of the film’s biggest hits, including “Summer Night” and “You’re the One That I Want”.

Newton-John released 23 solo studio albums and several compilation and collaborative records throughout her career. She was a recipient of countless accolades including four Grammy Awards.

She was also an activist for environmental, animal rights, and other humanitarian causes, in addition to openly speaking about her battle with breast cancer.