Olivia Newton-John was born in Cambridge, England in 1948. Her maternal grandfather was Nobel Prize-Winning physicist, Max Born, who taught at Cambridge University and mentored nine other Nobel Prize winners. At age 6, her family migrated to Melbourne, Australia where her father worked as a college professor and administrator. It was in Melbourne that her singing career began. She eventually won four Grammys and starred in “Xanadu” and the blockbuster “Grease.”
Olivia Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. After learning she had breast cancer, Olivia became an advocate for research into the disease. Her Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund is dedicated to researching plant-based treatments for cancer, and she opened a cancer research and wellness facility under her name at Austin Hospital, outside Melbourne.
In 2008, she married John Easterling, the founder of the Amazon Herb Company. John at one time lived with the Amazon Indians looking for treasure, but instead found much treasure in the amazing herbs these Indians used to heal diseases. Olivia announced at a concert in Chile in 2017 that her cancer had returned and metastasized. It was John and his knowledge that kept her alive and comfortable until her death on Monday, August 8, 2022.
I met John at a cancer conference in LA back in 2019. He was a fascinating speaker as he touted the amazing plant profiles of these amazing herbs found in the Amazon Jungle. Olivia and John together were a powerful force in educating people worldwide about cancer prevention and treatment including an integrative and holistic approach. His nickname is “Amazon John”.
Olivia is survived by her daughter, Chloe (by a previous marriage), and her husband, John. They were by her side at her ranch in Southern California when she passed. May her advocacy for breast cancer continue even after her death.
Below is a statement from the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Center in Melbourne, Australia:
We are incredibly grateful for the special relationship we had with Olivia for many years. Her generous support and gift provided hope and changed the lives of thousands of cancer patients here at Austin Health. She was the light at the end of the tunnel for many, many people.
Since the ONJ Centre opened, thousands of cancer patients have come through the doors and accessed the world-leading services. Olivia’s dream was supporting people with cancer person through supportive wellness therapies. She found them so helpful to her journey that she wanted everyone to have access to them.
Olivia was a driving force to win over cancer, for treating the whole person and looking after their mind, spirit and body. Having the opportunity to meet Olivia was a joy, her kindness and light was irrepressible.
Her husband, John, gave the following words after her death (and featured image picture came from her Instagram post three days before she passed):
Our love for each other transcends our understanding. Every day we expressed our gratitude for this love that could be so deep, so real, so natural. We never had to ‘work’ on it. We were in awe of this great mystery and accepted the experience of our love as past, present and forever.
At Olivia’s deepest essence she was a healer using her mediums of song, of words, of touch. She was the most courageous woman I’ve ever known. Her bandwidth for genuinely caring for people, for nature and all creatures almost eclipses what is humanely possible. It is only the grace of God that has allowed me to share the depth and passion of her being for so long. In her most difficult times she always had the spirit, the humor, and the will power to move things into the light.
Even now as her soul soars, the pain and holes in my heart are healed with the joy of her love and the light that shines forward.
Our family deeply appreciates the vast ocean of love and support that has come our way.