In a Twitter post, Andrews said he had spoken with Newton-John’s family and they had accepted the offer of a state ceremony. “It will be more of a concert than a funeral — fitting for a Victorian who lived such a rich and generous life,” Andrews said. Details are yet to be finalized.
Born in the UK, Newton-John moved to Australia at the age of 5 and soon became one of the country’s most-loved celebrities.
Newton-John survived two bouts of breast cancer, one in the early 1990s, the other in 2017. In September 2018 she revealed that she was once again fighting cancer, this time at the base of her spine.
Despite her struggles, Newton-John maintained a positive outlook.
“With more and more people affected by cancer every day, I believe we are in a world desperate for healing, and I’m committed to doing whatever I can to help.”
Following her death, the organization said in a statement that Newton-John’s “generous support and gift provided hope and changed the lives of thousands of cancer patients.”
Newton-John’s death prompted an outpouring of grief from fans who followed her career from “Grease” to her Las Vegas concert residency, while those who had worked with her throughout the years shared memories and condolences on social media.