The film and music world has been rocked by the news that Olivia Newton-John has passed away at the age of 73.
Successful music star Newton-John, who appeared opposite John Travolta in Grease, died of breast cancer.
Her husband, John Easterling, announced the news on Monday (August 8), stating that she “passed away peacefully this morning at her Southern California ranch, surrounded by family and friends.”
Newton-John, who was known to many as Sandy in the 1978 musical film Grease, made headlines in 2017 when it was reported that her former boyfriend had been discovered after being missing for 12 years.
Patrick McDermott disappeared on a fishing trip in 2005.
After embarking on a boat from San Pedro Marina, McDermott, then 48, mysteriously disappeared. Personal items, including his wallet, were found on board the ship.
A US Coast Guard investigation in November 2008 determined that McDermott “most likely” drowned, but even so, the circumstances of his disappearance led to the assumption that he may have faked his own death.
In 2009, Dateline NBC investigators claimed McDermott disappeared to avoid debt — including $8,000 he allegedly owed his ex-wife for child support.
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Eight years later, Australian magazine New Idea claimed it had evidence McDermott was alive after receiving photos from US media agency Coleman-Rayna showing a man matching his description.
Private eye Charlie Parker told the outlet that the figure is “90 percent” consistent with McDermott, stating, “The widow’s peak is accurate. The eyes are very similar and the ears reach down the same length. I think it’s him.”
It was previously claimed that McDermott was spotted with a German friend in Mexico in March 2016.
Expressing her sadness at the disappearance of her former boyfriend in September 2016, Newton-John told 60 Minutes: “It’s human to wonder, but you know, those are the things in life that you have to accept and let go of. Because whenever you’re going through tough times, there’s always those concerns.
“But I live on and of course there are always questions – that’s human.”
Ten years earlier, Newton-John revealed McDermott’s disappearance had brought her closer to his ex-wife Yvette Nipar, who called her “a wonderful person”.
She told broadcaster Larry King in an interview: “I see his son and he’s thriving. He’s doing really well.”
Hollywood stars pay tribute to Newton-John after her death. Her family, who asked for privacy in their statement, said: “Olivia has been a symbol of triumph and hope for over 30 years, sharing her journey with breast cancer.
“Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicines continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund dedicated to research into plant medicines and cancer.”
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