Rockers React To The Passing Of Olivia Newton-John

Rockers React To The Passing Of Olivia Newton-John
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Grammy Award-winning singer and actress, Olivia Newton-John, best known for her role as Sandy in “Grease”, passed away at age 73 following her battle with breast cancer. Her husband, John Easterling, confirmed her passing via her Facebook page saying that Newton-John “”passed away peacefully at her ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends.”

“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer,” Easterling wrote. “Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer.” The actress was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, and the disease unfortunately returned in 2013 and in 2019. Newton-John, an early crush to many around the globe, was praised by rockers Paul Stanley, Sebastian Bach and Peter Frampton. “So Very Sad. She was everyone’s sweetheart,” wrote Stanley. 

Frampton said: “One of the most genuinely beautiful souls has left us. Olivia Newton-John was an amazing artist in every way. She was a dear friend to me and to all. Olivia is the definition of the phrase ‘Down to earth’. I love you Liv”.

Bach wrote: “Always get sad when someone has been part of our life forever is no longer here. Can’t even explain how much the movie Grease meant to me my dad my family and my wife. I think my favorite Olivia Newton-John song is Magic from Xanadu. I can never get that song out of my head”.

Former AC/DC drummer Chris Slade also posted photos of their former band, Toomorrow. “So sorry to hear about Olivia Newton-John. I was in a band with her 1969/70 called Toomorrow.” Former Motley Crue singer John Corabi also wrote: “R.I.P. Olivia Newton John!!! a.k.a. “Sandy.” Gone too soon!!!” 

The soundtrack to “Grease” remains one of the world’s best-selling albums. It features two major hit duets with co-star John Travolta: “You’re the One That I Want” – which ranks as one of the best-selling singles of all time – and “Summer Nights”. Her music career included five number one hits and another ten Top Ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, and two Billboard 200 number one albums. She has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.
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