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Olivia Newton-John could receive a state funeral to give the late icon a fitting send-off

Charisa Bossinakis

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Olivia Newton-John could receive a state funeral to give the late icon a fitting send-off

Olivia Newton-John’s family has been in talks with the Victorian government about holding a state funeral honouring the late singer.

ABC News reports that Premier Daniel Andrews spoke yesterday (August 9) of his encounter with the Grease star while citing her contributions to cancer research as ‘enormous’.

He said: "I was honoured to meet Olivia Newton-John on many different occasions, particularly in connection with the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre.

"An absolutely supreme talent, a person of grace, a person of such energy and vitality.


"She took her cancer journey and used that to save lives and change lives." 

Credit: Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: Alamy Stock Photo

While appearing on A Current Affair, Newton-John's niece Totti Goldsmith confirmed that the family would accept an offer for a state funeral.

"We will," she said. "On behalf of not just our family but I think Australia needs it."


Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station lit up last night in bright pink lights as a tribute to the ‘Let’s Get Physical’ singer, who passed away in her Californian home this week.

Newton-John battled breast cancer for over 30 years.

Shortly after her passing, her husband, John Easterling, wrote on social media: "Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends.


"We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time.

"Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer.”

He added: "In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund (ONJFoundationFund.org).”


News of her death sent shock waves worldwide, with many posting their grievances. 

Her former co-star John Travolta took to Instagram, writing: "My dearest Olivia... Your impact was incredible. 

"I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!"

While her daughter Chloe Rose Lattanzi wrote a heartfelt post, calling her mother her ‘lighthouse’.


She wrote: “You are my lighthouse mama. My safe place. My heart space. 

“It has been my honor and continues to be my honor to be your baby and best friend. 

"You are an angel on earth and everyone touched by you has been blessed. I love you forever my life giver, my teacher, my mama.”

Featured Image Credit: Rainmaker Photo / Media Punch / Alamy Live News. Alamy Stock Photo.

Topics: News, Celebrity, Australia

Charisa Bossinakis
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