The country music community is mourning the loss of beloved actress and singer/songwriter, Olivia Newton-John, who passed away on Monday, August 8, at the age of 73.
As the news of Newton-John’s passing, artists such as Kelsea Ballerini, LeAnn Rimes, Keith Urban, Crystal Gayle, Kelly Clarkson, Morgan Evans, Rita Wilson, Deana Carter, Wynonna Judd, and more took to social media to share their memories and sentiments for the four-time GRAMMY award winner.
Ballerini, Wilson and Walker County chose to honor the late Newton-John with tribute performances on social media, while other artists decided to pay tribute with heartfelt messages and photos.
“Livvie brought the most divine light into the world… so much love, joy, inspiration and kindness… and we will always be hopelessly devoted to you ❤,” Urban and his wife, actress Nicole Kidman wrote collectively.
“Totally devastated to hear about this great loss today. 💔” Deana Carter said. ”I looked up to @therealonj so much. She was an inspiration, a bright light & most of all…a beautifully, kind person. My childhood would not have been complete without you, Olivia. ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’ forever. Love & pr.”
“Such sad news! What a sweet soul. #RIPOliviaNewtonJohn,” Rimes added.
Newton-John’s husband, John Easterling, shared the unfortunate news of Newton-John’s passing with fans via a Facebook post.
“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,” the statement began.
The four-time Grammy winner and star of the iconic movie musical Grease passed away on Monday morning, following a lengthy 30+ year battle with breast cancer.
The statement continued, “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. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund (ONJFoundationFund.org).”
While a specific cause of death has not yet been revealed, a source close to TMZ reported “she lost her battle to metastatic breast cancer.”
Olivia Newton-John was born on September 26, 1948 in Cambridge, England. She later relocated to Melbourne, Australia with her family where she began appearing on various TV shows. After joining a duo and a group, she later embarked on a solo career with the release of her 1971 album, If Not For You.
Olivia Newton-John’s musical career included five No. 1 hits and ten Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.
She also earned two No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, including If You Love Me, Let Me Know (1974) and Have You Never Been Mellow (1975).
In the 1970s, Newton-John made a name for herself in the country music genre, charting several Top 10 singles on country radio and even earned the title of CMA Female Vocalist of the year in 1974. Some of her best-known country singles include “If You Love Me (Let Me Know),” “Have You Never Been Mellow,” and “Please Mr. Please.”
Several of Newton-John’s singles have gone on to earn Gold, Platinum, and 2x Platinum certifications by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The superstar has sold more than 100 million records and is one of the best-selling music artists in the second half of the 20th century to the present day.
Newton-John is survived by her husband John Easterling; daughter Chloe Lattanzi; sister Sarah Newton-John; brother Toby Newton-John; nieces and nephews Tottie, Fiona and Brett Goldsmith; Emerson, Charlie, Zac, Jeremy, Randall, and Pierz Newton-John; Jude Newton-Stock, Layla Lee; Kira and Tasha Edelstein; and Brin and Valerie Hall.