She’ll always be remembered. Olivia Newton-John’s last words to her family before she passed reveal her true thoughts about death.
Dame Olivia Newton-John was born on September 26, 1948, in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, when she was six. Newton-John’s music career started in 1966 when she released her first single, “Till You Say You’ll Be Mine.” She released her first album, If Not For You, in 1971. The album peaked at number 14 on Australian and 158 on the American music charts. Newton-John released three more albums—Olivia, Let Me Be There and Long Live Love—before her breakout record, Have You Never Been Mellow, in 1975. The album became Newton-John’s first number-one on the Billboard 200 charts and featured hit singles like “Have You Never Been Mellow” and “Please Mr. Please.” Newton-John went on to release a total of 26 albums throughout her career, including bestselling records like Clearly Love, Come on Over, Totally Hot and Physical, which featured Newton-John’s 1981 smash single of the same name. The song, which is seen as Newton-John’s biggest hit, has since sold more than two million copies in the United States and spent 10 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Along with her music career, Newton-John was also a successful actress, having starred in films like Toomorrow, Xanadu and Two of a Kind. Her most well-known role was as Sandy Olsson in 1978’s Grease, a movie adaptation of the 1971 musical of the same name. The film, which co-starred John Travolta as Danny Zuko, made history as the highest-grossing musical film ever at the time of its release and even earned an Oscar nomination for the song “Hopelessly Devoted to You” performed by Newton-John.
After almost 60 years in the entertainment industry, Newton-John died of breast cancer on August 8, 2022, at her ranch Santa Ynez, California. She was 73 years old. John Easterling, confirmed her death in an Instagram post on the day of her death. “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.” the post read. “Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the @onjfoundation.”
The post continued, “Olivia is survived by her husband John Easterling; daughter Chloe Lattanzi; sister Sarah Newton-John; brother Toby Newton-John; nieces and nephews Tottie, Fiona and Brett Goldsmith; Emerson, Charlie, Zac, Jeremy, Randall, and Pierz Newton-John; Jude Newton-Stock, Layla Lee; Kira and Tasha Edelstein; and Brin and Valerie Hall. – via John Easterling, husband, Olivia Newton-John.”
What were Olivia Newton-John’s last words to her family? Read on to learn about Newton-John’s final moments with her niece, husband and daughter before she passed following a 30-year battle with breast cancer.
What were Olivia Newton-John’s last words?
What were Olivia Newton-John’s last words? Newton-John’s niece, Tottie Goldsmith, recalled her last conversation with her aunt in an interview with the news program, A Current Affair, after Newton-John’s death. “I told her all the things I needed to say,” she said. “She was leaving us, but I feel like she got it…She was really skinny and unwell and I said to her, ‘Are you afraid of dying?’ and she said, ‘I’m not afraid. I’ve done more in my life that I could have ever imagined.’”
Goldsmith also told the news program that Newton-John’s death wasn’t a “shock” to her family because of how sick she was in the days before she passed. “It’s not a shock — we’ve known how sick she’s been, especially in the last five days,” she said. “It wasn’t just the cancer that got her; it was other complications, being in a hospital and with a very susceptible immune system. She got secondary infections. She really went down in the past five, six days.” Though Newton-John used medical cannabis to deal with the pain of her stage 4 breast cancer, Goldsmith told the news program that the drug didn’t help much toward the end of her life. “It wasn’t enough,” she said. “[She] really struggled with a lot of pain.”
Newton-John’s Grease co-star, Didi Conn, also confirmed to Good Morning America at the time that Newton-John was surrounded by her friends and family, including her husband, John Easterling, and daughter, Chloe Rose Lattanzi, when she passed. “Her husband, John, and her daughter, Chloe, were there all the time and she told me that they were just so hopelessly devoted,” she said. Conn also told Good Morning America that Newton-John “wasn’t walking anymore and that she had full-time care” in the months before her death.
In an interview with the podcast “A Life of Greatness” in 2021, which was one of Newton-John’s last interviews before she died, the singer and actress opened up about why she wasn’t scared of death. “We all know we’re going to die, but I think we spend our lives in denial,” she said. “It’s extremely personal so it’s hard to put into words.” She continued, “I feel that we are all one thing and I’ve had experiences with spirits and spirit life. I believe there is something that happens. I hope the energies of the people you love will be there… I think all the love will be there. I’m sort of looking forward to that, not now, but when it happens.”
Since Newton-John’s death, news has also recirculated about her ex-boyfriend, Patrick McDermott, who went missing on June 30, 2005, and has never been found. McDermott went missing on a fishing trip in California with 22 other people just 30 minutes before his boat was expected to return to shore. After he went missing, the fishing crew found that his bill had been paid and discovered his belongings neatly piled on his bed. McDermott’s passport, wallet and car keys were also discovered on the boat, while his car had been left at the San Pedro marina in Los Angeles, California.
Newton-John dated McDermott on and off for nine years before his disappearance. Though Newton-John hadn’t spoken much about McDermott’s disappearance, some of her last words around her ex-boyfriend’s mystery came in a 2009 interview with Women’s Weekly, where she revealed that she doesn’t know if she’ll ever be at “peace ” with what happened. “I think there will always be a question mark,” she said at the time. “I don’t think I will ever really be at peace with it.”
She also gave a rare comment on the interview in a 2016 interview on 60 Minutes. “He was lost at sea, and nobody really knows what happened,” she said. “It’s human to wonder. But you know, those are the things in life you have to accept and let go. Because whenever you go through difficult times, there’s always those concerns.”