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R.I.P. – Olivia Newton-John Passed Away This Week at Age 73

R.I.P. – Olivia Newton-John Passed Away This Week at Age 73

“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer”

This past week was very busy with political news and current events, but we wanted to make sure to remember Australian actress and singer Olivia Newton-John, who passed away this week at age 73.

Newton-John was a fixture in music and in a few classic movies in the 1970s and 80s. Anyone who came of age during that time is familiar with her work.

Variety has details:

Olivia Newton-John, ‘Grease’ Star and ‘Physical’ Singer, Dies at 73

Olivia Newton-John, the top female pop vocalist of the 1970s who starred in movies including “Grease” and “Xanadu,” died Monday. She was 73.

Her husband, John Easterling, posted the news on her official Facebook page, 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.”

A cause of death was not given, but Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer that surfaced for a third time in 2017. “Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer,” her husband 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.”

On an interesting historical note, this message has been floating around on social media:

This is accurate, according to Wikipedia (for what that’s worth).

This was always one of my favorite songs by Newton-John:

Rest in peace.

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taurus the judge | August 14, 2022 at 3:53 pm

This is a great loss of a wonderful talent.

The recent book, _Fantastic Numbers and Where to Find Them: A Cosmic Quest from Zero to Infinity_, confirms the fact (in passing) that Nobelist Max Born is Olivia Newton-John’s grandfather.

    It’s fitting that in her passing away, that story gets new legs. I certainly knew this but glas I now do. Everything good is being memory-holed these days and this story doesn’t deserve to be.

    In a similar vein, a few years ago, I was astonished to learn that the esteemed scientist who was tasked to go through Nikola Tesla’s 150-something trunks of research and writings upon his death was a highly regarded scientist named John Trump. Yep, Donald J’s uncle. Those aren’t the kind of connections that present a reason to rethink what we so easily assume about people. Adds new dimensions to our frequent one-dimensional perceptions.

      Correction: “I certainly DIDN’T know this but glaD I now do

      The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Pasadena Phil. | August 14, 2022 at 5:33 pm

      That sounds like a cousin of the Six Degrees of Separation thing.

        Not really. We tend to think people came out of nowhere but then find out they had a real story worth telling. Six Degrees is just about common happenstance. We can all work out paths to important or famous people. I’ve met so many famous people myself I could probably navigate my way to half of the world’s population. Not because I know so many people but because I’ve crossed paths with so many people who have.

        In this case, it’s about Olivia’s grandfather. In Trump’s case, it’s about his uncle. Makes me wonder what impact they had on them. How did those two facts remain unknown for so long?

      Damn! Another correction!

      “Those ARE the kind of connections that present a reason to rethink…

      Scientists have recently discovered Kamala Harris’ DNA on the johnsons of several deceased California politicians whose offices were in the same building as Wilie Brown.

    jb4 in reply to csprof. | August 14, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    wikipedia presents it as fact..

As a fellow breast cancer traveler, it is a very sad day

Praying 🙏 for your health Grizz…

Equal in rights and complementary in Nature/nature. Fair winds and following seas, Lady Olivia.