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Olivia Newton-John’s FINAL wish: Actress said she wanted her ashes scattered in Byron Bay in unseen interview

Newton-John, whose starring role in 'Grease' in 1978 made her world famous, died at her ranch in California following a long battle with breast cancer
UPDATED AUG 15, 2022
Olivia Newton-John (7NEWS)
Olivia Newton-John (7NEWS)

Olivia Newton-John had discussed what she wanted to happen after her death in an interview filmed before the singer passed away on August 8, 2022, following a prolonged battle with breast cancer.

In an unseen interview 'Olivia – A Magical Life' that aired during 7NEWS Spotlight on Sunday, August 14, the Australian entertainment icon expressed her wish of scattering some of her ashes in Byron Bay, some at her home in California and some in other places she loved.


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The ashes of Olivia's late mother and sister were also scattered in Australia's New South Wales town, where the 73-year-old owned a property.

In the interview, Olivia said, “I don’t think I’ve really thought about it that deeply. We all should,” adding, “But I’d like to be with them, I’d like to be with them … that would be nice.”

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Olivia Newton-John said she wanted her ashes scattered at various places that meant a lot to her, including at Byron Bay (Screenshot 7NEWS)

In 1978, Olivia starred in 'Grease,' which became the highest-grossing musical ever at the time. The soundtrack of the film remains one of the world's best-selling albums of all time.

Olivia was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 after which it went into remission before returning in 2013 and then again in May 2017, having metastasized to her lower back. With the 2017 recurrence, cancer had spread to her bones and progressed to Stage IV. Olivia experienced severe pain from the metastatic bone lesions and spoke of using cannabis oil to ease her pain.

The 7NEWS special featured tributes from some of her oldest and closest friends, including Sir Cliff Richard and Bee Gees legend Barry Gibb, who described her as “a diamond."

Her co-star from 'Grease,' John Travolta also took to Instagram to offer his condolences. He wrote, "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!"


Olivia is the recipient of four Grammy Awards. She has five number-one hits and many other top-ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100 to her credit. Meanwhile, eleven of her singles and 14 of her albums have been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Olivia has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists from the second half of the 20th century to the present.

Olivia married John Easterling, founder, and president of the Amazon Herb Company, in an Incan spiritual ceremony in Peru on 21 June 2008. 

She has a daughter, Chloe Rose Lattanzi (born January 17, 1986) from her previous marriage with actor Matt Lattanzi.