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Olivia Newton-John Receives Honor Through Australian Landmarks

Olivia Newton-John

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The Sydney Opera House turned pink on Wednesday to honor Olivia Newton-John, the singer and Grease actress we lost on Monday.

Additionally, Australian landmarks such as Perth’s Optus Stadium and Melbourne’s Flinders Street train station were lit up in pink on Tuesday in memory of the British-born artist who is now one of Australia’s favorite celebrities.

Flinders Street radiating pink lights.

As per the Victorian state Premier Dan Andrews, the action was done “to remember Olivia Newton-John, and her enormous contribution to cancer awareness, research, and treatment.” 

Town Hall shone in pink.

A photo of the late Newton-John was also displayed on the side of Fed Square, an arts and culture hub in downtown Melbourne.

Tonight our Spire is lit pink in a commemorative illumination of landmarks across the city, honouring Olivia Newton-John and her establishment of the Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne. (Fed Square)

Newton-John has overcome two waves of breast cancer — one in the 1990s and another in 2017. Then, within a year in 2018, she announced she was battling cancer again, this time at the base of her spine.

The Disease Didn’t Stop Newton-John from Having Hope

While she was struggling with the disease, Newton-John never lost hope. 

“I believe that when you go through something difficult, even something as dramatic as cancer, that something positive will come of it,” she said on the website for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre, which started its operation in Melbourne in 2012. 

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“With more and more people affected by cancer every day, I believe we are in a world desperate for healing, and I’m committed to doing whatever I can to help.” 

After her death, the organization issued a statement, saying Newton-John’s “generous support and gift provided hope and changed the lives of thousands of cancer patients.” 

Australian State Funeral: A Tribute to Stars

Hours after her death, Andrews said the state would meet with Newton-John’s family to discuss the possibility of a state funeral. 

Newton-John’s niece, Totie Goldsmith, in an interview with the Nine Network, said they wanted to give their consent.

“I think Australia needs it,” Goldsmith said, crying. “She’s so loved. And I think our country needs it, so we’re going to accept that.” 

The premier’s office has not yet confirmed or announced any information about the funeral. 

If the state funeral is pushed through, it will be the second time an Australian singer has been offered this honor this month. The Victorian government is conducting a state funeral for Judith Durham, The Seekers’ lead singer, who died on August 5 at 79.

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