Dame Olivia Newton-John receives state funeral service in Australia


Dame Olivia Newton-John is due to receive a state memorial service in Australia following her death earlier this week.

The singer and actress – who has lived in Melbourne since she was five and best known for playing Sandy in the hit 1978 film Grease – died Monday at her ranch in Southern California at the age of 73.

Daniel Andrews, Prime Minister of Victoria, shared the news on Twitter, writing: “I am delighted that Olivia Newtown John’s family have accepted our offer of a state memorial service.

“We are working on the details with Olivia’s family but it will be more of a concert than a funeral – fitting for a Victorian who has lived such a wealthy and generous life.”

Dame Olivia was born in Cambridge, England before moving with her family to Melbourne, the capital of Victoria.

The news comes after Dame Olivia’s husband thanked fans for “the ocean of support we’ve encountered” in a post on Instagram on Wednesday.

“Our love for one another is beyond our understanding,” he wrote alongside a picture of himself and his late wife.

“Every day we expressed our gratitude for this love that could be so deep, so real, so natural. We never had to “work” on it.

“We were in awe of this great mystery and accepted the experience of our love as past, present and forever.”

He continued, “At her deepest essence, Olivia was a healer using her mediums of song, word and touch.

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“She was the bravest woman I have ever known.

“Your breadth of truly caring about people, nature and all living things almost eclipses what is humanly possible.

“It is only the grace of God that has allowed me to share the depth and passion of her being for so long.

“During her most difficult times, she always had the spirit, the humor and the willpower to bring things to light.

“Even now as her soul ascends, the pain and holes in my heart are healed by the joy of her love and the light that shines ahead.”

On leaving, he added: “Our family deeply appreciates the vast ocean of love and support that has been poured out to us.

“Go on, ho, John Easterling.”

Following her death, landmarks across Victoria were illuminated in pink on August 9 to commemorate the actress and her contribution to raising cancer awareness.

At the time, Mr Andrews tweeted: “Tonight landmarks across our city will be lit pink to commemorate Olivia Newton John and her tremendous contribution to cancer awareness, research and treatment.

“Vale Olivia Newton John.”

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese also paid tribute to Dame Olivia after her death, writing on Twitter: “Olivia Newton-John was a star. A bright, joyful glow in our lives.

“From the moment we saw her she was a warm, consistent presence and her voice became a huge part of the Australian soundtrack.

“Above all, she was a wonderful, generous person.” Dame Olivia Newton-John receives state funeral service in Australia

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