Olivia Newton-John: Singer and ‘Grease’ star to receive state memorial service


In a post on Twitter, Andrews said he spoke with Newton-John’s family and they accepted the offer of a state ceremony. “It will be more of a concert than a funeral, which is fitting for a Victorian who lived such a rich and generous life,” Andrews said. Details are yet to be finalized.

Newton-John’s niece, Tottie Goldsmith, previously told CNN affiliate the Nine Network that she believed the Australian people wanted Newton-John to have a state funeral. “I think Australia needs it,” Goldsmith said in tears. “She is so loved.”

Born in the UK, Newton-John moved to Australia aged 5 and quickly became one of the country’s most beloved celebrities.

Several Australian landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House, Optus Stadium in Perth and Flinders Street station in Melbourne, were lit up in pink this week in memory of the artist who died at his Southern California ranch at the age of 73.
andrew said lighting the buildings pink was a gesture “to remember Olivia Newton John and her enormous contribution to cancer awareness, research and treatment”.

Newton-John survived two bouts of breast cancer, one in the early 1990s, the other in 2017. In September 2018, she revealed she was battling cancer again, this time at the grassroots of his spine.

The image of Olivia Newton-John seen in Fed Square, Melbourne.

Despite her struggles, Newton-John maintained a positive attitude.

“I believe that when you go through something difficult, even something as dramatic as cancer, something positive will come out of it,” she wrote on the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research website. Centre, which opened in Melbourne in 2012. .
Melbourne City Hall turned pink on August 9.

“With more and more people affected by cancer every day, I believe we are in a world that desperately seeks a cure, and I pledge to do whatever I can to help.”

"Fat"  co-stars, friends and fans pay tribute to Olivia Newton-John

After his death, the organization said in a statement that “Newton-John’s generous support and donation gave hope and changed the lives of thousands of cancer patients.”

Newton-John’s death sent an outpouring of grief from fans who followed her “Grease” career at her Las Vegas gig residency, while those who had worked with her throughout the years shared memories and condolences on social media.

Newton-John’s memorial service will be the second official farewell given to an Australian singer this month. The Victorian government organizes a state funeral for Judith Durham, lead singer of The Seekers, who died on August 5 at age 79.