Olivia Newton-John to receive state memorial service in Australia


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Olivia Newton-John, who was born in Britain and raised in Melbourne, died at the age of 73 on Aug 8. Photo: Reuters

A state memorial service will be held for Olivia Newton-John in her adoptive homeland of Australia, the premier of the state of Victoria said on Thursday (Aug 11) following the Grease star's death earlier this week.

"I'm so pleased that Olivia Newtown-John's family have accepted our offer of a State Memorial Service," Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said in a tweet.

"We're working with Olivia's family on the details, but it will be more of a concert than a funeral - fitting for a Victorian who lived such a rich and generous life."

According to Australian media, Newton-John's niece Tottie Goldsmith accepted the offer on the family's behalf during a conversation with Andrews on Thursday.

Newton-John, who was born in Britain and raised in Melbourne, died "peacefully" at the age of 73 at her ranch in Southern California on Monday, surrounded by family and friends, her husband said.

Best known for her starring role in the 1978 film Grease, in which she starred opposite John Travolta as Sandy, Newton-John endured a recurring battle with breast cancer.

Australian landmarks including the Sydney Opera House the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Optus Stadium in Perth were lit up in pink this week as tribute to the star's contribution to breast cancer awareness. – dpa

The landmark Sydney Opera House on Aug 10, 2022 is lit up in pink in memory of singer and actress Olivia Newton-John, who passed away August 8 aged 73. The pink lights honour the late star's contributions to cancer research and awareness. Photo: AFPThe landmark Sydney Opera House on Aug 10, 2022 is lit up in pink in memory of singer and actress Olivia Newton-John, who passed away August 8 aged 73. The pink lights honour the late star's contributions to cancer research and awareness. Photo: AFP

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