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27 February 2023, 12:26 | Updated: 17 March 2023, 10:43
Grease star Dame Olivia Newton-John dies aged 73
A state memorial service is held for the legendary Olivia Newton-John in Melbourne, Australia.
Stars from across the world joined thousands of fans in paying tribute to Olivia Newton-John at a memorial service in Australia yesterday (February 26).
The singer and actor died last August at the age of 73 after a long battle with breast cancer.
"She is literally the reason why I started performing, and I was lucky enough to tell her that the first time we met."
Delta Goodrem - Olivia Newton John medley at her state memorial in Melbourne
"As a country, you should be very proud and know that the whole world mourns with you," Parton said.
"Now, I had the honour of singing with her several times. I considered her a great friend as well as a fellow entertainer.
"Olivia, to quote one of your songs, 'I honestly love you'. Thank you for shining your light on us."
Carey said: "I looked up to her so much. She was just as nice as she was a star and talented.
"And her humanitarian work, I just want to say that and say that not everybody does that."
Also speaking at the service was Newton-John's husband John Easterling, who married Olivia in 2008.
"You have to understand, I wasn’t an Olivia fan, I didn’t know any Olivia music, I’d never even seen Grease," he said.
"But at this small theatre in Miami, she started singing 'Pearls on a Chain, and there was this healing moving through the audience.
"And it hit me like a laser beam in the chest, that Olivia was a healer, and this was one of her mediums of healing."