“I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish all a primarily healthy, happy, peaceful Christmas,” she said, looking somewhat more frail than fans were used to seeing her, but still in good spirits. “I want to thank you all for all of your support over the years and I wish you all the best and send you love and light.”
Her last TV appearance came a few months before that, in October of 2021, when she made a guest appearance on Dancing With The Stars for the show’s Grease-themed night. In honour of the night, Sandy herself, Olivia Newton-John.
As contestants paid tribute to her and John Travolta’s iconic 1978 film, Newton-John appeared via a video message to wish them well.
“I’m so thrilled and honoured that you’re celebrating Grease tonight! I know your couples have been working really hard and I can’t wait to see their performances!” she said.
Newton-John’s Instagram account was, in recent years, mostly dedicated to flashback posts from throughout her career and competitions to keep fans engaged with her work.
But, on April 18 this year, came a rare, candid photo of Olivia herself – and perhaps the last picture fans will have of her.
“Wishing everyone a Happy Easter on this beautiful Spring day!” she captioned the photo, which showed her smiling happily, dressed casually, and surrounded by a garden of blooming sunflowers.
As “final photos” go, it couldn’t be more perfect – an image that summed up everything fans loved about this sunny, supremely talented but always down-to-earth star.
In October last year, Newton-John revealed that she was battling Stage 4 breast cancer but was managing the pain with medical marijuana.
And on Monday, she passed away at her Southern Californian ranch, surrounded by loved ones, including her husband, John Easterling, and daughter, Chloe Lattanzi.
Easterling confirmed the heartbreaking news in a Facebook post, describing his late wife as “a symbol of triumphs and hope”.
“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer,” he wrote.
“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.”