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Grease star Olivia Newton-John dies at 73

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Olivia Newton-John has passed away at the age of 73. The star is best known for her role as good-girl-turned-bad Sandy in the hit musical movie Grease, and for her pop hit "Physical" which topped the 1980s music charts.

The news comes from her husband, John Easterling, who broke the news via social media post: “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.” Over the course of her bountiful career, Newton-John won four Grammys, including two Record of the Year awards for her singles "I Honestly Love you" and "Physical".

With over 100 million records sold, she became one of the best-selling music artists of the 20th century. She was nominated for her performance in Grease, which would go on to become the biggest box-office hit of 1978 and earn her the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Comedy or Musical.

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