Olivia Newton-John was “really dealing with a lot of pain” in her final days, said the late Grease star’s niece, Tottie Goldsmith.
The 73-year-old British-born actor died of breast cancer on Monday.
Her death was confirmed by widower John Easterling in a statement posted to Newton-John’s Facebook page: “Dame Olivia Newton-John passed away peacefully this morning at her Southern California ranch surrounded by family and friends.”
In an interview with Australian news program A Current Affair, Goldsmith said her aunt’s death did not come as a shock and that the family “knew how ill she was,” especially the week before.
Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 at the age of 43 before the disease receded. In 2017, she announced that her breast cancer had come back and had spread to her lower back until she reached stage IV. She also had a second cancer diagnosis in 2013.
“It wasn’t just the cancer that got her; It was other complications from being in a hospital and having a very vulnerable immune system,” Goldsmith told A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw, adding, “She got secondary infections.”
In the past, Newton-John spoke about using cannabis to manage the pain she was experiencing as a result of the cancer in a 2019 interview, telling People magazine that it “helped incredibly with pain relief and sleep “.
However, Goldsmith told Grimshaw that the medication in her aunt’s final days was “not enough” and that she was “really dealing with a lot of pain” before her death.
Goldsmith said, “She was really thin and sick and I said to her, ‘Are you afraid of dying?’ and she said, “I’m not afraid. I’ve done more in my life than I could have ever imagined.
The Australian actress said that while she couldn’t fly to the US to be with her aunt, she “told her everything I had to say” on a FaceTime call two days before Newton-John’s death.
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“She left us, but I feel like she understood,” added Goldsmith, who was visibly distraught.
Goldsmith also said her cousin, Newton-John’s daughter Chloe Lattanzi, has had it “really tough” but she is “amazing”.
Lattanzi posted an emotional video in honor of her mother on Instagram late Tuesday night. The post featured behind-the-scenes footage of the mother-daughter duo recording their duet, “Window in the Wall.”
Her caption read: “You are my lighthouse mom. my safe place my heart space It was and is an honor to be your baby and best friend.
“You are an angel on earth and everyone who has been touched by you has been blessed. I love you forever, my life giver, my teacher, my mom.”
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