Inside Olivia Newton-John’s final days: Her husband John Easterling says she was lucid and ‘free of pain’ – as details of her state memorial are revealed
Olivia Newton-John was ‘free of pain’ in her final days, her widower revealed on Thursday, as details of her state memorial were released.
The Greece star’s husband John Easterling said that despite the hardships she faced with her cancer diagnosis, her final days were spent in peace.
‘She was very clear and very alive and very conscious and not in pain. So there was a quality of life there at that time that I think is so critical,’ he told The Daily Telegraph.
Olivia Newton-John (right) was ‘free of pain’ in her final days, her widower John Easterling (left) revealed on Thursday, as details of her state memorial were released
‘That was part of Olivia’s great contribution with the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center… providing a real quality of life for people was close to her heart. That’s a lot of the focus there and was with Olivia too through her entire journey.’
His comments come as details for a state memorial in honour of the Australian singer and actress were released.
She will be remembered at a free, ticketed service to be held on Sunday, February 26, featuring tributes from family and friends.
The singer and actress died in August of last year after battling breast cancer
The event at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, will include a performance from singer Delta Goodrem, who played the actress in a 2018 miniseries.
Olivia battled breast cancer three times after first being diagnosed in 1992 and she underwent chemotherapy, a mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery, but sadly died on August 8 last year at her ranch in Southern California.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews hailed her as a hero for her contributions to the arts and her philanthropy, including raising funds for cancer research.
‘Dame Olivia Newton-John was an inspiration to many around the world,’ he said.
His comments come as details for a state memorial in honour of the Australian singer and actress were released
‘Her work in cancer research and treatment saved lives and changed lives, and her music was the soundtrack to a generation.
‘We know Victorians are eager to celebrate the life of a driving force in medical research and an icon of film and music, with a service befitting her international acclaim.’
The star also founded the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, which supports people living with the disease.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews hailed Newton-John as a hero for her contributions to the arts and her philanthropy, including raising funds for cancer research