What should’ve been the second coming of “the roaring 20s” has instead mostly been “the cacophonous burrito of hesitant coughing and crying 20s” as it seems like life continues to get more complicated and disappointing for many of us, and our best and brightest dropping like flies has been one of the common plights of this era. It’s been tough to keep track of who died when since 2020-2022 has seemed like one long-ass year of grief, but it was only this past August that we lost one of the greats, Olivia Newton-John, who had bravely battled breast cancer for decades. And last night, the American Music Awards took a three-minute break from enthusiastically lapping at Taylor Swift’s b-hole so Pink could sing one of Olivia’s most loved songs, “Hopelessly Devoted To You,” in her honor.
This one hurts hard. The one and only Dame Olivia Newton-John died this morning at 73. The sad news was delivered by her husband John Easterling on Facebook:
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.
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).
Olivia 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.
A specific cause of death wasn’t given, but as John’s statement says, she battled breast cancer for decades. And in 2017, she said the breast cancer came back and had metastasized to the sacrum. We should say FUCK CANCER every day but today I’m really screaming it.
We can all generally agree there’s a socially acceptable hierarchy for who gets access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Dolly Parton obviously deserved one of the first spots in line along with frontline workers, essential workers, teachers, older people, and everyone working their asses off delivering food. Olivia Newton-John has provided me at least 100 hours of quarantined entertainment with the soundtrack to Xanadu, so I’d say she should get the vaccine right away too. Plus she’s 72. But she Xana-don’t want to get the vaccine. And neither does her 35-year-old daughter, Chloe Lattanzi.
Open Post: Hosted By A Fan Gifting Olivia Newton-John With The Bad Sandy Jacket She Put Up For Auction
Olivia Newton-John teamed up with Julien’s Auctions to raise money for her cancer research center, and auctioned off a lot of her memorabilia including her Bad Sandy outfit from Grease. The auction happened on November 2 and $2.4 million was raised. The Bad Sandy leather jacket alone got $243,200. And the anonymous buyer of that jacket recently gave it back to Olivia and told her it’s from “the collective soul of those who love you, those for whom you are the soundtrack of their lives.” Olivia graciously accepted the gift from her anonymous fan, and while doing so, probably thought, “Err, you could’ve just written my cancer center a check since I’m going to auction this jacket off again for even more money for my cancer center.” No, Olivia will display it at her cancer center.
Apparently it’s the week of iconic clothing sales. And this latest sale is great news if you have ever dreamed of squeezing the last ounce of feeling from your legs in some vintage stretch fabric, all in the name of bringing out your inner Bad Sandy from Grease. Sadly, the opportunity for such an experience is limited to those with an extra $200,000 lying around.
I hope cancer has finally learned its lesson, once and for all, not to fuck with Olivia Newton-John. Recently, Radar ran a story claiming that Olivia was “clinging to life”. According to People, as a result, rumors spread that her body was “shutting down” and that she only had “weeks to live”. This was news to Olivia. While she is currently managing her third bought of breast cancer, she’s not about to lend her angelic voice to the heavenly choir anytime soon.