How did Olivia Newton-John die? Singer, 73, was battling stage 4 breast cancer for years

Olivia Newton-John revealed in 2018 that she was treating cancer at the base of her spine as well, which was her third diagnosis

How did Olivia Newton-John die? Singer, 73, was battling stage 4 breast cancer for years
Olivia Newton-John died on Monday, August 8, at her Ranch in Southern California after a 30-year-long battle with breast cancer (Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
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SANTA YNEZ, CALIFORNIA: One of the biggest pop stars of the '70s, Olivia Newton-John, died at 73 on Monday, August 8, according to a statement from her husband. The singer with a golden voice had been battling breast cancer for years and then revealed in 2018 that she was treating cancer at the base of her spine as well, which was her third diagnosis. Olivia died peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California.

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Olivia Newton-John's husband, John Easterling, broke the news on the highly successful singer's official Instagram account, writing, "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." The 73-year-old singer-songwriter, famous for starring in 'Grease' (1978) and 'Two Of A Kind' (1983) opposite John Travolta, was in a battle with cancer for over 30 years. The official statement continued, "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."

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Apart from commercial success at the box office, she managed to rock the Billboard every now and then. At the peak of her career in 1980, she released 'Physical', which talked about things that are related to the title itself. The song caused several controversies but spent 10 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. The statement further read, "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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How did Olivia Newton-John die?

Newton-John was first taken aback by the news of breast cancer back in the '90s. She continued to fight the disease for over 30 years as it resurfaced once again in 2017. That is when she was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. As mentioned by her husband in the statement, Olivia did not suffer in the end and died peacefully after a long battle with breast cancer. 

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Olivia Newton-John performs during Fire Fight Australia at ANZ Stadium on February 16, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.
Olivia Newton-John performs during Fire Fight Australia at ANZ Stadium on February 16, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Cole Bennetts/Getty Images)

Merely a year ago, in a conversation with People, Olivia explained that she felt great amid stage 4 cancer. She then complimented her husband saying, "I'm very lucky to be married to a wonderful man who is a plant medicine man, and he has great knowledge. Now he's growing medicinal cannabis for me, and it just has been wonderful. It helps me in every area." Her daughter Chloe Lattanzi has been her ray of hope all these years.

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Tributes pour in for Olivia Newton-John

Singer Kylie Minogue tweeted, "Since I was ten years old, I have loved and looked up to Olivia Newton John. And, I always will. (Just like this picture @nfsaonline) She was, and always will be, an inspiration to me in so many, many ways. My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. x ONJ4EVER" Co-actor John Travolta also shared a heartfelt tribute to Olivia saying, "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!"

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Actor George Takei, known for 'Mulan' and 'Star Trek: The Original Series', tweeted, "We have lost a great, iconic artist in Olivia Newton John, gone too soon from us at age 73. I trust she is now in the great Xanadu beyond. Know that we are forever hopelessly devoted to you, Olivia. Rest in song and mirth." Sheryl Crow also remember the icon and tweeted, "Sad to hear of Olivia Newton-John’s passing. She was a beautiful artist and a brave warrior as she battled breast cancer with grace. Rest In Peace, Olivia."

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