Olivia Newton-John, who owned home in Jupiter Inlet Colony, dead at 73
‘Grease’ star became beacon for breast cancer survivors
Olivia Newton-John, who once owned a home in Palm Beach County, has died at the age of 73.
According to a post on her verified Instagram account, the "Grease" actress died "peacefully" at her Southern California ranch Monday morning.
Newton-John has been public about her battle with breast cancer. However, a cause of death has not been revealed.
"Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer," Newton-John's husband, John Easterling, said. "Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer."
Newton-John's Jupiter Inlet Colony home was the scene of a death investigation in 2013 after Christopher Pariseleti, 41, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a room inside the home while the Australian singer and actress was away.
Newton-John and Easterling bought the waterfront home at 104 Lighthouse Drive for $4.1 million in 2009. Palm Beach County property records show that it was sold for $5 million in 2016.
From 1973-83, Newton-John was among the world's most popular entertainers. She had 14 top 10 singles just in the U.S., won four Grammy Awards, starred with John Travolta in "Grease" and with Gene Kelly in "Xanadu." The fast-stepping Travolta-Newton-John duet, "You're the One That I Want," was one of the era's biggest songs and has sold more than 15 million copies.
"My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better," Travolta wrote in an online post. "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 moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!"
"Physical," the bouncy, R-rated smash released in 1981, was No. 1 for 10 weeks and was named Billboard's song of the year despite being banned by some radio stations. An aerobics-friendly promotional clip, filmed in the early years of MTV, won a Grammy for best video.
Although her career declined after "Physical," Newton-John found a new calling as a beacon of inspiration for breast cancer survivors. She was first diagnosed in 1992. It was the first of three diagnoses in as many decades.
The four-time Grammy winner spoke with WPTV in 2010, when she served as emcee of the 19th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to help raise money for cancer research.
FROM THE VAULT:
"You never know what's going to happen in life, but I think that there's always a reason for everything you do and if I hadn't been successful in my world of music and acting, I wouldn't be able to reach people now," she told WPTV.
She is survived by her husband; daughter Chloe Lattanzi; sister Sarah Newton-John; brother Toby Newton-John; and several nieces and nephews.
The family is asking for donations to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund in lieu of flowers.
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