Olivia Newton-John funeral plans revealed: Family receives state memorial in Melbourne, Australia

Olivia Newton-John funeral plans revealed: Grieving family receives state memorial service after death of Grease star

Australians will have the opportunity to mourn Olivia Newton-John in public, with the beloved entertainer’s family accepting the offer for a state memorial service.

Newton-John’s niece, Tottie Goldsmith, accepted the offer on behalf of the family while speaking with Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews on Thursday morning.

The venue and date for the service have not been announced, with further discussions ongoing between the family and the prime minister’s department.

Olivia’s death was announced Monday, after 30 years of battling cancer.

Australians will have the opportunity to mourn Olivia Newton-John in public, with the beloved entertainer's family accepting the offer for a state memorial service

Australians will have the opportunity to mourn Olivia Newton-John in public, with the beloved entertainer’s family accepting the offer for a state memorial service

But Mr Andrews marked the event would be more of a concert than a traditional funeral service.

“The family was deeply moved by the prospect of Victorians getting together and celebrating Olivia’s life,” Andrews said.

‘How difficult it is right now… made a little easier with all the outpouring of grief and support, and the wonderful memories that people share about such a wonderful person.’

Newton-John's niece, Tottie Goldsmith, accepted the offer on behalf of the family while speaking with Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews on Thursday morning.

Newton-John’s niece, Tottie Goldsmith, accepted the offer on behalf of the family while speaking with Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews on Thursday morning.

“The family was deeply moved by the prospect of Victorians getting together and celebrating Olivia’s life,” Andrews said.

The actress, singer and activist is reportedly planning to write letters of introduction to Victoria’s new Health Minister Mary-Anne Thomas, federal Health Minister Mark Butler and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to encourage greater access to medicinal cannabis.

Ms Thomas said she had not received any correspondence from Newton-John but was aware of her passion for supporting people living in pain with cancer and other chronic illnesses.

The Grease star lost her battle with stage four metastatic breast cancer on Monday morning.

The actress and singer died peacefully at the age of 73 at her home in southern California, surrounded by family and friends. Her husband John Easterling announced his death on his Facebook page.

“Dame Olivia Newton-John, 73, passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” Easterling wrote.

The actress and singer died peacefully at the age of 73 at her home in southern California, surrounded by family and friends.  Her husband John Easterling announced his death on his Facebook page

The actress and singer died peacefully at the age of 73 at her home in southern California, surrounded by family and friends. Her husband John Easterling announced his death on his Facebook page

“Dame Olivia Newton-John, 73, passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” she wrote.

“We ask everyone to respect the privacy of the family during this very difficult time.

‘Olivia has been a symbol of victory and hope for more than 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer.

‘His healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, which is dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer,’ he added.

The family is asking for donations to go to her cancer organization, the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, instead of flowers.

Easterling also paid tribute to his late wife on social media this week, talking about their love for one another.

Using Newton-John’s Instagram account, Easterling wrote: ‘Our love for one another is beyond our comprehension. Every day we express our gratitude for this love that can be so deep, so real, so natural.

‘We never had to ‘work it out’. We marvel at this great mystery and accept our experience of love as past, present and forever.’

The actress famously beat breast cancer twice but was diagnosed again in 2017.

She’s spent the last few years at home, campaigning for animal rights and raising money for her online charity.

He is also a strong campaigner for the medicinal use of medical marijuana in Australia.

Olivia is survived by husband John and daughter Chloe Lattanzi

Olivia is survived by husband John and daughter Chloe Lattanzi

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