Actress and singer Olivia Newton-John has died at the age of 73.

Her husband, John Easterling, announced via her official Facebook page that Olivia had passed away peacefully at her Southern California ranch in the early hours of Monday 8 Aug, after battling cancer on and off for 30 years.

The statement read: "Dame Olivia Newton-John passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time.

"Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researchingplant medicine and cancer.

"In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund (ONJFoundationFund.org)."

Olivia leaves behind her husband John, who she married in 2008, and her daughter Chloe, 36, who she shared with her first husband, actor Matt Lattanzi.

While her cause of death is currently unknown, Olivia had talked openly about her battle with cancer, which stemmed 30 years.

She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, but despite entering remission, her cancer returned in 2013 and again in 2017.

The legendary Australian actress and singer was best known to most as Sandy in the hit musical film Grease opposite John Travolta, which spawned several hit tracks including Hopelessly Devoted to You and You're The One That I Want. The film was such a success, it was even developed into a stage musical.

Olivia also had several hit singles, including her biggest to date, Physical, which was released in 1981.

She was an incredibly popular figure on both sides of the pond, having been born to Welsh and Irish parents and living in the UK until the age of 6 before emigrating to Melbourne,

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