Sydney Opera House lights up pink to honor the life, contribution to cancer research of Australian superstar Olivia Newton-John
The sails of the Sydney Opera House will glow pink tonight to honor the life of Olivia Newton John and recognize her immense contribution to cancer research and awareness.
The Australian actress and singer died peacefully at her ranch in California on Monday morning (local time) at the age of 73 after a long battle with breast cancer.
In a moving tribute to the icon, New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet said Sydney’s iconic landmark will “shine in his honour” on Wednesday evening.
“Olivia Newton-John has touched the hearts of so many people around the world with her music and her compassion and kindness – especially to people with cancer,” Perrottet said.
“She radiated positivity during her lifetime and now our most famous performance space will shine in her honor.”
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Arts Minister Ben Franklin said Newton-John was an arts icon who inspired generations of Australians with his talent and resilience.
“For decades, Olivia Newton-John has inspired Australians with her artistic ability and relentless courage,” Mr Franklin said.
“It is a moving tribute that the Sydney Opera House, a venue where she has performed on many occasions, is tonight dressed in pink in her honour.”
The lighting of the Sydney Opera House began on Wednesday at sunset.
She was first diagnosed in 1992 – undergoing a mastectomy and nine months of chemotherapy, but her cancer returned in 2013.
In 2017, a tumor at the base of his spine reached stage four.
The fitness hitmaker used his 30-year battle to advocate for other cancer patients and established the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research and Wellness Center (ONJCC) in 2012 at Austin Hospital in Victoria .
Hundreds of heartbroken fans descended on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to place flowers around her star, which she won in August 1981 for her contributions to the music and film industry.
The family of the internationally acclaimed Australian star have said they will accept a state funeral for the Grease star, offered by the Victorian government.