Olivia Newton-John is set to be honoured in a new TV special: Delta Goodrem, Barry Gibb and Cliff Richard unite to pay tribute to the late Grease star after she lost her cancer battle
Olivia Newton-John will be honoured in a special 7NEWS Spotlight after the legendary Aussie star died aged 73.
A special programme featuring Delta Goodrem, Bee Gees star Barry Gibb and Cliff Richard will air this Sunday, after the Grease actress passed away after a 30-year battle with cancer.
The musicians will share their favourite memories of the late singer, with Wendy Matthews singing ‘I Honestly Love You’.
Olivia Newton-John will be honoured in a special 7NEWS Spotlight, after the legendary Aussie star died aged 73
Dami Im is set to take a break from her maternity leave to lend her voice to the special, while Katie Noonan and Samantha Jade will also perform.
It comes as cities around Australia light up in tribute to the star, while famous faces across the globe have also paid tribute to her.
A special programme featuring Delta Goodrem, Bee Gees star Barry Gibb and Cliff Richard (pictured) will air this Sunday after the Grease actress passed away after a 30-year battle with cancer
Olivia’s husband John Easterling broke the news of the star’s death in a heartbreaking Facebook post on Monday morning, following her brave and extraordinarily decades-long battle with cancer.
‘Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends,’ Mr Easterling wrote.
‘We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time.
Among other tributes included Australian singer Delta Goodrem, who honoured her beloved ‘mentor and friend’
‘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.’
The actress famously beat breast cancer twice but was diagnosed again in 2017.
Just days before her death, Olivia Newton-John posted a heartwarming photo to Instagram with her husband John Easterling
Newton-John’s husband announced her death on her Facebook page on Monday. She was 73
Among other tributes included Australian singer Delta Goodrem, who honoured her beloved ‘mentor and friend’.
Delta, 37, shared pictures of herself hugging Olivia and said she was ‘like family’ to her.
‘I love you forever,’ Delta wrote in her moving post. ‘The whole world will feel this heartbreak today because the entire world felt Olivia’s unmatched light. A force for good. A force of nature. Strong and kind.’
In memory: Newton-John’s Instagram was mostly made up of flashback posts from throughout her career, but on April 18 the star shared a rare candid photo of herself with a beaming smile beside a bed of sunflowers
‘My mentor, my friend, my inspiration, someone who always guided me… she was always there for me. Family to me.’
She added: ‘I don’t have all the words I would like to say today but I hope everyone will join in celebrating our beloved Olivia, her heart, soul, talent, courage, grace… I love you forever ❤️.’
The Lost Without You songstress famously played the Aussie icon in the 2018 TV miniseries, Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You.
Iconic role: Olivia is most known for her famous role as Sandy in the 1978 movie Grease (pictured, Newton-John with Grease co-star John Travolta)
Deepest condolences: In a sweet Instagram tribute, Kylie Minogue, 54, shared a throwback photo of the pair in 1988. ‘I have loved and looked up to Olivia Newton-John. And, I always will,’
Kylie Minogue shared a throwback photo of herself and Olivia side by side at the Royal Bicentennial Concert. Kylie appears to be starstruck by the Grease star, as she looks on at her idol.
Singer Dionne Warwick, 81, wrote ‘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. She now Rests in the Arms of the Heavenly Father.’
Brooke Shields, 57, shared a lovely black and white photo of her and Olivia to Instagram, writing: ‘A true class act whose light shines everywhere she went… she inspired us all.’
‘A wonderful mother and wife, who was grace and strength personified. Sending all of my love to Olivias family and friends. She’ll never be forgotten.’
Scarface star Michelle Pfeiffer, 64, posted a photo of her and Olivia writing: ‘Thank you for your art and talent you gifted us all so graciously with. You will be so greatly missed.’
Heartbroken: Delta Goodrem paid tribute to her beloved ‘mentor and friend’ Olivia Newton-John after the Grease star’s death at the age of 73 following a lengthy cancer fight