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In Australia, tributes pour out for pop star Olivia Newton-John

/ 04:59 PM August 09, 2022
Olivia Newton-John

The star of late actor Olivia Newton-John is pictured adorned with flowers and photographs on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, Aug. 8, 2022. Image: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

SYDNEY—Australians expressed shock and sadness on Tuesday as they woke up to the news that 1970s and ’80s pop icon Olivia Newton-John, star of the hit movie musical “Grease,” had died at age 73 at her home in Southern California.

From the Prime Minister on down, tributes flowed for the four-time Grammy winner, who grew up in Australia. She was hailed for her passionate work in promoting cancer research and wellness care after battling the disease for 30 years.

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In Sydney, locals and tourists shared warm memories of growing up with the soundtrack of Newton-John, including songs such as “Physical” and “Hopelessly Devoted to You.”

“I used to watch it (Grease) a lot when I was a kid and teenager, so yeah, it’s a big shock. She’s an Australian icon, so very upsetting, and way too young to die,” Clara Zwack, a science research fellow, said in Sydney.

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Requests poured in to Australian Broadcasting Corp to show Newton-John singing the 1980 hit title song from the movie Xanadu.

The pop star first battled breast cancer in 1992 and in 2017 disclosed a recurrence had spread to her lower back, forcing her to cancel performances.

Her death followed the loss of two other Australian musical figures in just over a week—Judith Durham, lead singer of The Seekers, and Indigenous singer and songwriter Archie Roach.

“She’s done so much for Australia with … the wellness clinics down in Melbourne, so, yeah, real shock, sadness,” said 69-year-old Sydney resident Lynette.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese called Newton-John a “joyful glow in our lives.”

“Her legacy will live on, in her music, her films and her determination that one day we will find a cure for cancer,” Albanese said on Twitter. AP

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