Kylie Minogue, Peter Andre and Nancy Sinatra are among the celebrities who paid tribute to the “beautiful and strong” Dame Olivia Newton-John after her death aged 73.
The British-born singer died “serenely” at her ranch in Southern California on Monday morning, surrounded by family and friends, her widow confirmed.
After the news broke, famous names from the world of television, film and music took to social media to share memories and offer condolences to her family.
Pop supermarket Minogue said Dame Olivia “was and will always be an inspiration to her.
“Since I was 10 years old, I have loved and respected Olivia Newton John,” the singer wrote on Twitter.
“And, I always will. (Like this photo @nfsaonline) She was, and always will be, an inspiration to me in so many ways.
“My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. x ONJ4EVER. “
Sharing a photo of the couple together, Andre hailed her as “a true icon” who is “warm, kind and caring”.
“I will never forget this night. I had the honor of performing with Olivia Newton John for the Spina Bifida charity concert in Australia,” he said.
“She was very warm, kind and caring to everyone backstage. She’s still the same every time we see each other.
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“A true icon. Sad day.”
Sinatra said that although she did not know Dame Olivia, she admired her for “the way she faced her health battles”.
“Beautiful and strong, she fought to the end,” she wrote.
“My heart goes out to her family and everyone who loved her. It’s just not fair.
“Speed up, Olivia. We will always give you hopelessly. “
Dionne Warwick, who recorded a duet with Newton-John in 2006, tweeted: “Another angelic voice has been added to the Heavenly Choir.
“Olivia is not only a dear friend, but one of the most beautiful people I have had the pleasure of recording and performing with. I will definitely miss her.
“She is now riding in Heavenly Father’s arms.”
US singer Richard Marx, who also duet with Dame Olivia, said he would “miss her every day”.
“My heart is broken. Now rest in peace, sweet friend,” he wrote on Twitter.
“You are still as kind and loving a person as you used to be. I will miss you every day. “
Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin recalls co-starring Dame Olivia in 1996’s It’s My Party, one of the first films to deal with the subject of Aids patients dying of dignity.
She said on Twitter: “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Olivia Newton John.
“I remember being star-studded when I met her at the first Hollywood get-together for Paramount.
“She is the sweetest and brightest light and I would love to know her on It’s My Party. Dear RIP, sweet Olivia. “
British actor Sanjeev Bhaskar recalled the kindness of the actress during a brief meeting many years ago.
“Ah so sad. I met Olivia Newton John once many years ago. During those five minutes of conversation, I felt like I was blessed,” he said.
“She didn’t know me from a pumpkin but was very warm, caring and charming. I gave her all my hopes up again. “
Hollywood star Antonio Banderas tweeted: “Rest in peace, Olivia Newton-John. My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones.”
American actor and filmmaker James Gunn called her “the first to truly fall in love” and revealed he had previously bought her a home in Malibu.
“Really sad to hear of the passing of Olivia Newton-John,” he tweeted.
“My first real love as a kid.
“I love Grease & her music and coincidentally I also bought and lived for a while the wonderful house she built in Malibu. You can rest in peace.”
US actress Rosanna Arquette, who won the Bafta Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in the 1985 film Despeently Seeking Susan, was also among the honorees.
She tweeted: “Flying with the angels Olivia Newton John.”
Filmmaker Edgar Wright, whose credits include Last Night in Soho and Baby Driver, added: “Olivia Newton John was absolutely dominating the charts and Top Of The Pops when I was a kid, it feels like her is pop music.
“And yes, Xanadu is still a chilling classic. RIPPING OFF.”
Paul Stanley, co-founder and president of Kiss, said in a brief tribute: “Very sad. She is everyone’s lover. “
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/kylie-minogue-and-peter-andre-among-those-to-remember-dame-olivia-newton-john-41898898.html Kylie Minogue and Peter Andre among those in honor of Dame Olivia Newton-John