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Olivia Newton-John’s death: Family accepts state funeral offer

Olivia Newton-John’s heartbroken family has accepted an offer of a state funeral from the Victorian government.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews confirmed the news Thursday morning, three days after the Australian icon died of cancer at the age of 73.

Andrews said he spoke with Newton-John’s niece, former Neighbours star Totti Goldsmith, to discuss plans.

“I spoke with Totti Goldsmith this morning and she accepted my offer of service to my country on behalf of her family,” he said.

“This will be more of a concert than a funeral. I think it will be a celebration of a life of abundance and generosity.

“Like I said the other day, Olivia Newton-John is a very special person who will continue her cancer journey and make it a focus of more research, better treatments, better care, and better health. It’s an amazing legacy and that’s why I think we all feel the pain of her passing.”

Andrews said the family was touched by the outpouring of grief from the Australian public following Newton-John’s death.

“There will be further discussions. Those discussions started today, but there will be further discussions in my department and in my family about what is appropriate,” he said.

“It was just right to have Melburnians, Victorians, and indeed travelers from other parts of the country and the world come here to celebrate such an important, rich and generous life. I think.”

“And I must say, it’s very clear to me that the family was very touched by the prospect of the Victorians getting together to celebrate Olivia’s life.

The British-born actor and singer moved to Melbourne at the age of six and considered himself Australian, but in the 1990s he survived breast cancer and became an avid advocate for cancer research. I was.

Newton-John broke internationally with his role as the heart-pounding Sandy in the 1978 musical film Grease.

She died on Monday at her ranch in Southern California, and is survived by her husband, John Easterling, and daughter, Chloe Rattanzi.

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