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Grease star Olivia Newton-John dies at 73

Olivia Newton-John, in an undated photograph. (courtesy)
Olivia Newton-John, in an undated photograph. (courtesy)

Film and music star Olivia Newton-John has died following a decades-long “journey with breast cancer,” her husband says.

In a Facebook post on her official page, Newton-John’s husband, John Easterling, says she “passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends.”

Newton-John, who was born in Cambridge, England, was the granddaughter of the Nobel Prize-winning German-Jewish physicist Max Born, who fled to the UK during Nazism’s rise in Germany.

Best known around the world for her role in the hit musical Grease and for her solo music career, the 73-year-old was diagnosed with breast cancer over 30 years ago.

“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer,” her husband writes.

Newton-John is survived by her husband and daughter Chloe Lattanzi.

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