By Lawrence Pfeil, Jr.
At a time when our world, our nation, and we ourselves seem to be in a constant state of anger, hatred, and war with one another, to lose a beacon of light, love, and inspirational bravery like Olivia Newton-John is to lose an extraordinary artist when she is most needed. But today comes the heartbreaking news that we are left to carry on without one of our most devoted allies and most beloved performers and icons of our Community.
From The Randy Report:
“The worst news I think I’ve ever shared – Dame Olivia Newton-John passed away this morning at her home in Southern California this morning at the age of 73 surrounded by family and friends.
From John Easterling, husband of Olivia Newton-John:
Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) 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 researching plant 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 is survived by her husband John Easterling; daughter Chloe Lattanzi; sister Sarah Newton-John; brother Toby Newton-John; nieces and nephews Tottie, Fiona and Brett Goldsmith; Emerson, Charlie, Zac, Jeremy, Randall, and Pierz Newton-John; Jude Newton-Stock, Layla Lee; Kira and Tasha Edelstein; and Brin and Valerie Hall.
As longtime readers of The Randy Report know, my husband Michael has worked with Olivia for more than 25 years as her publicist. I’ll have more to say later but we are devastated and numb.
Read Randy’s full post HERE
Randy Slovacek is a regular contributor to theOUTfront, and he and his husband, Michael are very dear friends. They have shared many wonderful memories and personal stories about Olivia with me over the years. Randy called Olivia his “angel,” but my favorite story will always be her officiating at their 25th anniversary when they got married for the third time on the same date.
My heart and deepest condolences go out to Randy and Michael with love and light always.
Over the years we’ve done numerous posts featuring Dame Olivia Newton-John (and some pretty fabulous ones thanks to Randy). In case you’ve missed any or would like to enjoy them again, here they are collected together.
You can donate to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund
“A million lights are dancing and there you are, a shooting star
An everlasting world and you’re here with me, eternally”