The stars gather for Olivia Newton-John’s memorial service
British-Australian singer and actress Olivia Newton-John he was honored at his state memorial service by friends and family, including Hollywood A-Listers.
Newton-John died last August after losing a decade-long battle with cancer. During the emotional ceremony, daughter Chloe Lattanzi admitted she felt “lost” without her mother.
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A-list stars pay tribute to Olivia Newton-John at memorial
The “Hopelessly Devoted to You” singer was honored at a memorial service held by the Australian state of Victoria.
Based on Daily MailNewton-John’s friend and country singer Dolly Parton paid tribute, saying: “The world lost one of its greatest talents when Olivia left us.”
He spoke about how it was an honor to sing and work with him and that Australians should be proud of his heritage.
Mariah Carey, 53, noted that she was a friend and fan of Newton-John as she reflected on the possibility of meeting and performing with the icon.
“His humanitarian work – I just want to congratulate him and say that not everyone does this. We love, love Olivia Newton-John,” the “All I Want For Christmas Is You” singer shared.
Elton John, 75, said of the late singer that she was kind, warm and talented and he always looked forward to seeing her.
“The ONJ Center in Melbourne is a testament to what it has done for so many millions of people. She fought her illness with the most incredible courage and a bravery that will stay with me forever,” he shared.
Celebrities attending the memorial included Nicole Kidman, who shared that Newton-John was “just a light in this world” as she recalled the impact the late singer had on her life growing up.
Cliff Richard, Pink, Hugh Jackman and Barry Gibb were among the many notable names who paid tribute to the late singer.
Her daughter Chloe Lattanzi gave a heartbreaking tribute
Newton-John’s daughter Chloe Lattanzi broke down in tears as she paid tribute to her late mother as she admitted she felt “lost” without her continued presence.
“I’m standing here in front of you and I want so desperately to feel strong and confident and speak eloquently, but the truth is I feel like a little girl lost without her mother,” she revealed. Daily Mail.
Lattanzi, 37, added: “He was my safe place, my guide, my biggest fan and the Earth under my feet. I know you are here with me and in me. I can hear your voice.”
She reportedly needed the support of her husband, James Driskill, because the emotions were too strong for her to handle without sobbing uncontrollably.
Olivia Newton-John’s husband also paid tribute to her
John Easterling, husband of the late ‘Grease’ actress, also paid tribute to her by acknowledging the ‘supernatural’ love they shared. She said that Newton-John was a healer, as she had told him when she first laid eyes on him.
“You have to understand that I wasn’t an Olivia fan, I didn’t know any Olivia music, I hadn’t seen Grease, and it was a small, intimate theater in Miami and the lights went down and I heard Peruvian flutes. and started singing Pearls on a Chain, she said.
“And there was healing in the audience, people around me were crying. I understand. It hit me like a laser beam in my chest that Olivia is a healer and this is one of her healing mediums,” added the widow.
Easterling also reflected on how the late singer was most at peace at her homestead, pointing out that she had a unique way of bringing people together.
Olivia Newton-John died of cancer
The pop sensation died in August 2022 at her California ranch, aged 73, after battling breast cancer for almost three decades.
Her husband shared the news via: Facebookpointing out that her foundation, the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, continues to explore and research the medicinal benefits of plants to fight disease.
“Dame Olivia Newton-John, 73, passed away peacefully at her ranch in Southern California, surrounded by family and friends,” read the post.
It continued: “Olivia has been a symbol of triumph and hope for over 30 years, sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience in plant medicine continues at the Olivia Newton-John Foundation, which deals with plant medicine and cancer research.