Australia prepares state service for Olivia Newton-John
Sydney, Australia, Aug 11 (EFE).- Australian authorities are preparing a state service “concert” to pay tribute to Olivia Newton-John, who died on Monday.
“This would be much more of a concert than a funeral,” said Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews said Thursday when announcing the family had accepted the offer, according to state broadcaster ABC.
“It will be an appropriate celebration of such a rich and generous life.”
The details of the service, such as the date and venue, will be discussed with the family of Newton-John, who was born in Cambridge, England, and moved to Australia with her family when she was five.
The city of Melbourne, where the artist grew up and which is home to several of her projects such as the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Center, illuminated its landmark buildings in pink in her honor on Tuesday. The Sydney Opera House was also lit up in pink.
The star of the musical “Grease” will be laid to rest on her Southern Californian ranch where she lived with her husband John Easterling, her Australian niece Totti Goldsmith told local news network Nine.
Newton-John died on Monday at the ranch at the age of 73 after fighting cancer for 30 years.
The “Magic” singer was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, when she began to support cancer research and treatment. It went into remission and returned in 2013 and 2017. EFE