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Olivia Newton-John bravely spoke about dying in interview before her death

Lucy Devine

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Olivia Newton-John bravely spoke about dying in interview before her death

Featured Image Credit: A Life of Greatness/Allstar Picture Library/Alamy Stock Photo

Olivia Newton-John sadly passed away on Monday (8 August) after a 30 year battle with breast cancer.

As tributes have been flooding in for the much-loved star, an unearthed interview from last year hears Olivia speaking bravely about death.

Olivia spoke about death in an interview last year. Credit: A Life of Greatness
Olivia spoke about death in an interview last year. Credit: A Life of Greatness

Speaking on Sarah Grynberg's A Life of Greatness podcast, Olivia said: "We all know we're going to die, but I think we spend our lives in denial.

"It's extremely personal so it's hard to put into words. I feel that we are all one thing and I've had experiences with spirits and spirit life. I believe there is something that happens.

"I hope the energies of the people you love will be there. I think all the love will be there. I'm sort of looking forward to that, not now, but when it happens."

Tributes have been flooding in for the much-loved star. Credit: Barry King/Alamy Stock Photo
Tributes have been flooding in for the much-loved star. Credit: Barry King/Alamy Stock Photo

News of Olivia's death was shared on her official social media pages in a statement from her husband, John Easterling.

The statement read: "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 best known for her starring role in the 1978 film Grease alongside John Travolta who played Danny Zuko.

As the news broke, John also shared a heartbreaking tribute to his co-star.

He wrote: "My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again.

"Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!"

Olivia was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and bravely battled multiple recurrences of the disease.

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677

Topics: News, Celebrity

Lucy Devine
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