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John Travolta Leads Olivia Newton-John Tributes After Death Aged 73

John Travolta Olivia Newton-John Tribute: The actor is leading tributes to his former Grease co-star.
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John Travolta is leading tributes to his former Grease co-star Dame Olivia Newton-John following her death, aged 73.

After a 30-year battle with breast cancer, Newton-John’s passing was announced last night in a statement on social media via her husband, John Easterling. 

Tributes flooded in from fans, friends and family alike, with Travolta’s particularly poignant after reaching superstardom alongside Newton-John as Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsen in 1978.

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The actor wrote on Instagram: “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!”

Another Grease co-star, Stockard Channing, 78, told People: “I don’t know if I’ve known a lovelier human being. 

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“Olivia was the essence of summer – her sunniness, her warmth and her grace are what always come to mind when I think of her. 

“I will miss her enormously.”

The statement announcing her death yesterday read: “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.

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“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.”

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