Olivia Newton-John death - live: Daughter posts moving tribute to Grease star, who has died aged 73

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Hollywood legend Olivia Newton-John has died following a lengthy battle with breast cancer. She was 73 years old.

The actor’s husband John Easterling announced her death on her Facebook page on Monday afternoon.

“Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” the post read.

“We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time.”

Mr Easterling 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, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer.”

Key Points

  • Olivia Newton-John’s husband announces her death

  • Olivia Newton-John death: How often should women get a mammogram for breast cancer?

  • Grease: Olivia Newton-John almost lost role of Sandy to another 1970s star

  • John Travolta pays tribute to Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John’s husband announces her death

Monday 8 August 2022 20:52 , Megan Sheets

Olivia Newton-John’s husband John Easterling shared the sad news of her death in a Facebook post on Monday morning.

The Hollywood icon was 73 years old.

Read more from The Independent’s Leonie Cooper:

Olivia Newton-John death: Actor, singer and activist dies aged 73

Donations to go to Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund

Monday 8 August 2022 21:00 , Megan Sheets

Newton-John’s family have asked that donations in her honour be directed toward the cancer organiation she founded, the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund.

After a long career in Hollywood, the actor and singer dedicated her life to advocating for cancer patients and survivors after she herself was diagnosed with breast cancer.

She was first diagnosed in 1992 and beat the disease before being diagnosed again in 2017.

Tributes pour in for Olivia Newton-John

Monday 8 August 2022 21:05 , Graeme Massie

“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,” tweeted Star Trek actor George Takei.

John Travolta remembers Grease co-star in poignant tribute

Monday 8 August 2022 21:10 , Graeme Massie

“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!” Travolta posted on Instagram.“Your Danny, your John!”

Filmmaker James Gunn remembers Olivia Newton-John

Monday 8 August 2022 21:16 , Graeme Massie

“Really sad to hear about the passing of Olivia Newton-John. My first real crush as a kid. I loved Grease & her music & I coincidentally also bought & lived in for a while the wonderful home she built in Malibu. May she Rest In Peace,” he tweeted.

Olivia Newton-John: A look back her career

Monday 8 August 2022 21:17 , Graeme Massie

Newton-John was born in Cambridge in 1948. The youngest of three children, her family emigrated to Melbourne, Australia when she was six years old.

She recorded her first single, “Till You Say You’ll Be Mine”, in 1966 and went on to tour with fellow singer Pat Carroll. Her first solo album, If Not for You, was released in 1971, and featured covers of songs by the likes of Bob Dylan and Gordon Lightfoot.

In 1974 she represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest, with “Long Live Love”, coming fourth to ABBA, who won with “Waterloo”.

John Travolta pays tribute to Olivia Newton-John

Monday 8 August 2022 21:25 , Graeme Massie

John Travolta has shared a tribute to his Grease co-star Olivia Newton-John, after the actor died aged 73 from breast cancer.

“My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better,” he wrote, alongside a picture of the star.

“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!”

Ellie Harrison has the story.

John Travolta shares loving tribute to Olivia Newton-John after Grease star’s death

Olivia Newton-John death: Actor, singer and activist dies aged 73

Monday 8 August 2022 21:31 , Graeme Massie

Olivia Newton-John has died from breast cancer at the age of 73.

The actor – best known for her role in 1978 musical Grease – passed away this morning (8 August) at her home in Southern California, according to her official Facebook page.

News of her death was shared by her husband John Easterling.

Olivia Newton-John death: Actor, singer and activist dies aged 73

Star’s death was announced on her official social media channels

Monday 8 August 2022 21:43 , Graeme Massie

“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,” herfamily said in a statement.

“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 Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund (ONJFoundationFund.org)

“.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.”

Olivia Newton-John death: James Gunn and Nigella Lawson among stars to pay tribute to Grease icon

Monday 8 August 2022 21:59 , Graeme Massie

James Gunn and Nigella Lawson are among the stars who have paid tribute to Grease icon Olivia Newton-John, after the actor died aged 73 from cancer.

Newton-John – best known for her role as the sweet, kind Sandy in the hit 1978 musical – died this morning (8 August) at her home in Southern California, according to her official Facebook page.

Ellie Harrison has the story.

James Gunn and Nigella Lawson among stars to pay tribute to Olivia Newton-John

Grease: Olivia Newton-John almost lost role of Sandy to another 1970s star

Monday 8 August 2022 22:20 , Graeme Massie

Although it’s nearly impossible to picture anyone else other than Olivia Newton-John as Sandy Olsson in Grease, the late Australian entertainer almost lost the role to another Seventies star.

Newton-John, who passed away today, was well-known for her starring lead as Sandy, opposite John Travolta’s Danny Zuko, in the 1978 musical classic.

Inga Parkel has the details.

Olivia Newton-John almost lost out Grease role of Sandy to another 1970s star

Olivia Newton-John death: How often should women get a mammogram for breast cancer?

Monday 8 August 2022 22:45 , Graeme Massie

Singer and actor Olivia Newton-John has died following a long battle with breast cancer, her husband announced on Monday. The Grease star was 73 years old.

The Australian actor’s husband, John Easterling, announced Newton-John’s to social media on Monday afternoon. “Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” the post read. “We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time.”

Meredith Clark has the story.

Olivia Newton-John death: How often should women get a mammogram for breast cancer?

Tuesday 9 August 2022 00:00 , Leonie Cooper

Dionne Warwick has paid tribute to her friend Olivia Newton-John in an emotional tweet, in which the legendary vocalist calls the late entertainer “one of the nicest people I had the pleasure of recording and performing with”.

Tuesday 9 August 2022 00:01 , Leonie Cooper

Olivia Newton-John’s only child, Chloe Lattanzi, has posted a moving tribute to her mother, who has died at the age of 73. The 36-year-old – whose father is Matt Lattanzi – shared a host of photos of the pair on Instagram, including shots of when she was a baby and more recent snaps of the duo filming together.

Three days ago Lattanzi shared another picture of the two together, captioning it, “I worship this woman. My mother. My best friend.”

Tuesday 9 August 2022 00:50 , Leonie Cooper

There was more to Olivia Newton-John than just Grease

Olivia Newton-John might be best known for her role as Sandy in the hit 1978 musical, but her lengthy career saw her involved in everything from folk music to medical marijuana advocacy.

Kevin EG Perry has the full story.

There was more to Olivia Newton-John than just Grease

Tuesday 9 August 2022 01:29 , Leonie Cooper

Actor Mia Farrow has honoured the late Olivia Newton-John, calling her “lovely, talented” and “brave”.

Tuesday 9 August 2022 02:51 , Leonie Cooper

Piers Morgan has joined the ranks of well-known names to express their sympathy at the passing of Olivia Newton-John, who has died at the age of 73. The broadcaster posted a photo of the pair together, taken at an auction of her Grease memorabilia in Los Angeles. “She told me her favourite song from the movie was ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’,” wrote Morgan.

Tuesday 9 August 2022 03:45 , Leonie Cooper

Viola Davis has called Olivia Newton-John “my childhood” in an emotional social media post celebrating the “talent, poise and beauty” of the late entertainer.

Tuesday 9 August 2022 04:10 , Maanya Sachdeva

Kylie Minogue has said she has “loved and looked up to Olivia Newton-John” since she was 10 years old in a heartfelt Twitter tribute to the late Grease star.

Minogue’s post is accompanied by a black-and-white photograph of herself with Newton-John, taken when they performed at the New South Wales Royal Bicentennial Concert in 1988.

Nancy Sinatra and Sir Rod Stewart honour late Grease star

Tuesday 9 August 2022 04:34 , Maanya Sachdeva

Nancy Sinatra, Sir Rod Stewart and The Monkees’ star Micky Dolenz have honoured Olivia Newton-John in social media tributes to the Australian actor.

“I didn’t know Olivia Newton-John personally but I admired her for the way she faced her health battles,” Sinatra wrote on Twitter, adding, “Beautiful & strong, she fought to the end.”

Newton-John died from following a prolonged battle with breast cancer, surrounded by friends and family at her ranch in southern California on Monday (8 August).

Stewart, meanwhile, remembered Newton-John as “the perfect Lady”, adding she was “gorgeous, with great poise and with a certain Aussie sophistication”.

“Her spandex trousers in Grease were my inspiration for my ‘Da ya think I’m Sexy‘ era,” he continued, paying tribute to “my great friend Olivia” on Twitter.

Finally, Dolenz posted a picture of himself with Newton-John from the time when “I played celebrity tennis” with her, adding he was “saddened to hear about this lovely lady”.

Tuesday 9 August 2022 05:00 , Maanya Sachdeva

Sheryl Crow has joined the stars paying tribute to Olivia Newton-John after the Grease actor died on Monday, following a longstanding battle with breast cancer.

The “All I Wanna Do” hitmaker 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.”

How Olivia Newton-John's first mammogram missed breast cancer

Tuesday 9 August 2022 05:30 , Maanya Sachdeva

Dame Olivia Newton-John died from breast cancer on Monday (8 August), nearly thirty years after she was first diagnosed with it.

Following her diagnosis in 1992, the late Grease actor beat the disease, before being diagnosed again with stage 4 breast cancer in 2017.

Since her first diagnosis, the “Physical” singer has been vocal about her journey with cancer, and has dedicated her life to advocating for cancer patients and survivors. That includes educating women on breast cancer screening and early detection.

In 2020, Newton-John shared surprising details about her breast cancer battle at the launch of the Olivia Newton-John Foundation – that her initial mammogram didn’t detect her breast cancer.

Meredith Clark has the full story.

How Olivia Newton-John's first mammogram missed breast cancer

Watch that Olivia Newton-John’s iconic Grease makeover moment

Tuesday 9 August 2022 06:00 , Maanya Sachdeva

Watch that iconic makeover moment that captured the hearts of a generation and shot Olivia Newton-John to fame for her role as Sandy in Grease.

The actress and activist passed away on Monday (8 August) at her home in Southern California, aged 73.

Her career skyrocketed in 1978, when she starred alongside John Travolta in the film adaptation of the musical Grease for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical.

Rewind to one of the film’s most famous scenes here:

Olivia Newton-John death: Watch that Grease iconic makeover moment

Tuesday 9 August 2022 06:30 , Maanya Sachdeva

The Twitter account for RuPaul’s Drag Race has shared a throwback picture from Olivia Newton-John’s appearance on the American reality TV series in 2015, honouring the Grammy winner.

The caption read: “Rest in peace, Olivia Newton-John. Thank you for sharing your talent and inspiring us all” alongwith a heart emoji.

There was more to Olivia Newton-John than just Grease

Tuesday 9 August 2022 07:00 , Maanya Sachdeva

Olivia Newton-John might be best known for her role as Sandy in the hit 1978 musical, but her lengthy career saw her involved in everything from folk music to medical marijuana advocacy.

Kevin EG Perry has the full story.

There was more to Olivia Newton-John than just Grease

Olivia Newton-John shared touching Instagram post with husband before her death

Tuesday 9 August 2022 07:30 , Maanya Sachdeva

Olivia Newton-John shared a sweet photograph of herself and her husband John Easterling just days before she died.

Take a look at the late star’s post here:

Olivia Newton-John shared touching Instagram post with her husband before her death

John Travolta was one of the first to pay tribute to Olivia Newton-John, signing off as ‘your Danny'

Tuesday 9 August 2022 08:06 , Annabel Nugent

Olivia Newton-John’s Grease co-star was one of the first to pay tribute to the actor when news of her death broke last night.

Writing on Instagram, Travolta said that her “impact was incredible” and signed off his message as “your Danny”.

“My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better,” he wrote. “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!”

The Academy honours Grammy award-winner and Golden Globe nominee Olivia Newton-John

Tuesday 9 August 2022 08:30 , Annabel Nugent

The Academy has honoured Olivia Newton-John in a touching post, paying tribute to the actor and her enduring legacy.

While the actor did not win an Oscar in her lifetime, she did pick up a nod for her performance of “Hopelessly Devoted To You” as well as multiple Golden Globe nominations and a Daytime Emmy award. Newton-John was also feted with several Grammys in 1973, 1974, and 1982.

George Takei pays tribute to Olivia Newton-John, ‘a great, iconic artist’

Tuesday 9 August 2022 09:00 , Annabel Nugent

The Star Trek legend has remembered the late actor who has “gone too soon from us”.

Referencing her hit 1980 musical-fantasy film, he said: “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.”

Nancy Sinatra says she ‘admired’ Olivia Newton-John ‘for the way she faced her health battles'

Tuesday 9 August 2022 09:30 , Annabel Nugent

The legendary singer said that while she did not know the late star personally, she “admired” Newton-John for the way she “fought to the end”.

“My heart goes out to her family & all who love her. It’s just not fair. Godspeed, Olivia. We’ll always be hopelessly devoted to you,” she concluded.

Kelly Clarkson shares her performance of ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’

Tuesday 9 August 2022 10:00 , Annabel Nugent

The singer and talk-show host paid tribute to Olivia Newton-John by sharing a clip of herself singing the hit track from Grease “Hopelessly Devoted To You”.

Clarkson performed the song during an episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, which aired in 2020.

Stockard Channing – aka Rizzo from ‘Grease’ – recalls Olivia Newton-John’s ‘sunniness’ and ‘warmth'

Tuesday 9 August 2022 10:30 , Annabel Nugent

Stockard Channing, who played Pink Lady Betty Rizzo, remembered her costar as “the essence of summer”.

The actor told People Magazine: “I don’t know if I’ve known a lovelier human being.”

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

Jamie Donnelly, Stockard Channing, Dinah Manoff, Didi Conn in ‘Grease’ (1978) (Rex Features)
Jamie Donnelly, Stockard Channing, Dinah Manoff, Didi Conn in ‘Grease’ (1978) (Rex Features)

Dinah Manoff says she was ‘one lucky Pinky Lady’ to have spent time with Olivia Newton-John

Tuesday 9 August 2022 11:00 , Annabel Nugent

Dinah Manoff – who played Marty Maraschino in the film – also issued a statement to People Magazine.

“As many will tell you, Olivia Newton-John was one of the kindest, most generous souls ever to grace the earth, and I was one lucky Pink Lady to have spent time with her during the filming of Grease,” Manoff said.

“She brought light and laughter wherever she went. My deepest condolences to her family and friends during their time of great loss.”

There was more to Olivia Newton-John than just Grease

Tuesday 9 August 2022 11:30 , Tom Murray

While many people will remember Olivia Newton-John for her iconic role as Sandy Olsson in Grease, the singer and actor had a decades-spanning career that went far beyond the musical film.

She made her name as a folk musician and competed against ABBA at Eurovision before becoming a trail-blazing music video star and advocate for the healing power of cannabis. Kevin EG Perry delves into her legacy.

There was more to Olivia Newton-John than just Grease

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban remember 'Livvie”

Tuesday 9 August 2022 12:00 , Annabel Nugent

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have paid tribute to Olivia Newton-John aka “Livvie” in a touching Instagram post.

The couple shared a photo of themselves with the star, accompanied by the caption: “Livvie brought the most divine light into the world... so much love, joy inspiration and kindness... and we will always be hopelessly devoted to you – Keith and Nic.”

Mariah Carey shares photos of pair singing together on stage

Tuesday 9 August 2022 12:30 , Annabel Nugent

Mariah Carey has paid tribute to Olivia Newton-John with a heartwarming Instagram post recounting the first time she “fell in love with Olivia’s voice”.

“I first fell in love with Olivia’s voice when I was a little girl and heard ‘I Honestly Love You,’” Carey wrote, praising Newton-John’s “beautiful airy tone and signature sound”.

The singer continued: “And THEN there was GREASE. I was obsessed. I dressed up as Bad Sandy for Halloween in fifth grade and thought I was everything.”

Carey went on to recall when Newton-John joined her on stage in Melbourne, Australia for a duet of “Hopelessly Devoted To You”.

“This is a moment I will never ever forget. I was also blessed to be in her presence on many other occasions and she was one of the kindest, most generous and lovely people I’ve ever met. She will be missed. She will be remembered. She will be loved. Olivia, I honestly love you,” she said.

‘Grease’ star Barry Pearl gets emotional in TV interview paying tribute to his late co-star

Tuesday 9 August 2022 13:00 , Annabel Nugent

Barry Pearl – who played the T-bird and Frenchy’s boyfriend, Doody, in the hit musical film – has paid tribute to his friend and co-star.

During an interview on BBC Radio 4 Today on Tuesday (9 August), Pearl became emotional as he recalled writing Newton-John a letter only a week ago.

The actor said he decided to write to her after hearing from a colleague that Newton-John was “failing again” in regards to her illness and suggested that “it wasn’t going to be long” until her death.

“I took it upon myself to write to her, as we would occasionally share emails amongst each other and [with] the other Grease-er pals too,” he explained.

“She would always sign her emails, ‘With love and light, Olivia.’ And I wrote to her – basically if you read between the lines she would be able to tell that I knew there was something going on – and I basically said that, ‘On your journey forward, simply know that you, Olivia , are the love and the light.’”

“She just always exuded that positivity. Just the way she handled this journey with grace. Her heart was so big.”

The ‘Grease’ cast pay tribute

Tuesday 9 August 2022 13:30 , Tom Murray

Many of the ‘Grease’ stars have paid tribute to the icon after her death.

John Travolta posted a photograph of the actor on Instagram, with the words: “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!”

Read The Independent’s round-up of all the cast reactions here.

Everything the Grease stars have said after Olivia Newton-John’s death

A fashion icon

Tuesday 9 August 2022 14:00 , Tom Murray

Olivia Newton-John was not only an acting and singing legend but an icon in the fashion world, predominantly for her all-black ensemble in ‘Grease’.

For the film’s final scene, Sandy ditches her good girl pastel outfits and dons a rock ‘n’ roll all-black ensemble with skintight trousers, a sexy Bardot top, leather jacket and bright red heels.

The trousers and leather jacket were sold at auction in 2019 for more than £300,000, with the proceeds going to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre.

Fashion experts have weighed in on what made the outfit so evocative. Shakaila Forbes-Bell, fashion psychologist and author of the upcoming book ‘Big Dress Energy’ (Piatkus, £16.99, Sep 15) suggests it became so popular because it’s relatable for many women.

“It’s the perfect transformational piece,” she says. “A lot of women go through that period when they want to step into a different headspace. They want to shed off their girlhood and step into womanhood, and it was the perfect visual representation of that.”

Fashion experts on why Olivia Newton-John’s final Grease outfit was so iconic

Former EastEnders star Samantha Womack reveals she has breast cancer in tribute to Newton-John

Tuesday 9 August 2022 14:30 , Tom Murray

In her heartfelt tribute to the Grease star, former EastEnders actor Samantha Womack revealed she had breast cancer, which Newton-John died from.

Womack, who played Newton-John’s character in the West End production of musical Grease in the 1990s, shared a photo of herself alongside the actor and her daughter, Chloe Latanzzi.

“I now start my own battle with this disease and am left feeling deeply moved,” she wrote on Twitter.

Former EastEnders star Samantha Womack shares breast cancer diagnosis

Newton-John told women to ‘trust their instincts’ about breast cancer

Tuesday 9 August 2022 15:00 , Tom Murray

In 2020, Newton-John shared surprising details about her breast cancer battle at the launch of the Olivia Newton-John Foundation – that her initial mammogram didn’t detect her breast cancer.

“I knew immediately that something was wrong. I had a mammogram and the mammogram was benign and then I had a needle biopsy that was also benign,” the actor said, per Prevention magazine. “And I don’t say this to scare women, but you just have to trust your instincts.”

She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and beat the disease, before being diagnosed again with stage 4 breast cancer in 2017.

The American Cancer Society estimates that there is a 13 per cent chance women will develop cancer in their lifetime, and about 287,850 new cases will be diagnosed in women each year. That is why it is so important for women to receive regular mammograms.

How Olivia Newton-John's first mammogram missed breast cancer

John Travolta says meeting Newton-John was the best thing about his ‘Grease’ experience in throwback interview

Tuesday 9 August 2022 15:30 , Tom Murray

E! News shared a touching past interview with Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta.

Travolta, asked what memory stands out the most from shooting the film, replies immediately: “Meeting Olivia. Beyond a shadow of a doubt.”

Newton-John answered: “I have to say the same.”

Newton-John remembered for her ‘angelic voice'

Tuesday 9 August 2022 16:00 , Tom Murray

Newton-John will rightly be remembered for her iconic role in Grease, however, plenty of musicians have paid tribute to her singing talent in the wake of her passing.

She made her name as a folk musician and competed against ABBA at Eurovision before becoming a trail-blazing music video star.

Dionne Warwick, who recorded a duet with Newton-John in 2006, tweeted: “Another angelic voice has been added to the Heavenly Choir.

“Not only was Olivia a dear friend, but one of the nicest people I had the pleasure of recording and performing with. I will most definitely miss her.

Meanwhile, Mariah Carey wrote: “I first fell in love with Olivia’s voice when I was a little girl and heard ‘I Honestly Love You.’” She also praising Newton-John’s “beautiful airy tone and signature sound”.

Olivia Newton-John hailed as an ‘angelic voice’ following death aged 73

Newton-John's Eurovision competitors Abba share words of praise

Tuesday 9 August 2022 16:30 , Tom Murray

Before Grease, Newton-John performed at the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 in Brighton, the winners of which were Swedish pop outfit Abba who triumphed with “Waterloo”, launching their careers.

Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Faltskog, who performed alongside Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson in the group, paid tribute in statements to the PA news agency.

Lyngstad, known as Frida, said: “What do you feel, what do you say when the nicest, kindest and most loving woman leaves us to travel somewhere else? The heart aches to know Olivia’s brave fight against an, in her case, invincible enemy.

“That she never gave up or complained about her situation, but instead told us her story so that we would understand and want to help others affected. I am grateful to have known a person like you, Olivia, and you will always be in my heart. With love, your friend Frida.”

Faltskog added: “So sad to hear of Olivia’s passing … A fine person has left us – and there are many of us who mourn her now.

“My thoughts go out to the family, and her music and personality will always remain in memory.”

Tuesday 9 August 2022 17:00 , Tom Murray