Entertainment: Dame Olivia Newton-John 'wasn't afraid' of death

Australian stars including pay heartfelt tribute to Olivia Newton-John

  Australian stars including pay heartfelt tribute to Olivia Newton-John Australian celebrities have paid tribute to Olivia Newton-John following her death aged 73 after a brave and extraordinarily public decades-long battle with cancer. The Grease star passed away peacefully at her home in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends following a lengthy battle with breast cancer. Kylie Minogue paid tribute to the iconic actress by sharing a throwback photo of herself and Olivia and writing: 'Since I was ten years old, I have loved and looked up to Olivia Newton John. And, I always will.

Dame Olivia Newton-John "was not afraid" of dying.

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The legendary performer - who was known for starring as Sandy in 1978 smash hit movie musical 'Grease' opposite John Travolta and had sold more than 100 million records throughout her 50-year-career - passed away on Monday (09.08.22) at her California ranch following a 30-year battle with cancer aged 73 and now her niece Tottie Goldsmith has claimed that she did not fear death because of how much she had already achieved.

Tottie said: "She was really skinny and really unwell and I said to her, 'Are you afraid of dying?' She said, 'Plonker', which was my nickname, she said, 'I'm not, I'm not afraid, I've done more in my life than I could have ever imagined.' She honestly never imagined her life would be how it was."

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  How Olivia Newton-John was 'Miss Goody Two Shoes' until TV talent show Olivia Newton-John was a softly spoken Melbourne teenager until 'Lovely Livvy's' appearance on a TV talent show set her on a path to showbiz superstardom. The late Grease star - who died on Monday at home in Southern California, age 73 - was born in the UK and moved to Melbourne with her parents and siblings when she was six-years-old, in 1954. With a strong academic and legal history in her family - in mathematics, physics and the judiciary - a career in music and acting was an unlikely path, but she was determined to make it.

Olivia was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and lived in remission for almost 20 years before it returned in 2013 and spread to her lower back four years later, and Tottie - who is the daughter of Olivia's late sister Rona Newton-John - explained that she "really went down" in the last week due to "secondary infections" and a poor immune system.

She said: "It wasn't just cancer that got her, it was other complications, being in a hospital and with a very susceptible immune system. She got secondary infections. She really went down in the past five, six days."

The 'Xanadu' actress is also survived by husband John Easterling, 70, as well as her 35-year-old-daughter Chloe, who she had from her first marriage to Matt Lattanzi, and Aussie TV star Tottie went on to explain that while she could not get to her Aunt to be with her before her death, she was able to"say everything she needed to" during a call on FaceTime.

Speaking on Australia's 'A Current Affair' series, she said: "John, her husband, has kept us in the loop and I've been talking to the beautiful Chloe a lot. I couldn't get to America in time and I wanted to say goodbye, so I asked him if he could hold the phone up to her ear, but he got me on Facetime so I managed to see her. I told her all the things I needed to say. She was leaving us... but I could feel like she got it."

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