Olivia Newton-John’s Niece Just Revealed the Last Words She Said Before Her Death—Here’s if She Was ‘Afraid of Dying’

She will always be remembered. Olivia Newton-John's last words to her family before her death reveal her true thoughts about death.
Dame Olivia Newton-John was born on September 26, 1948 in Cambridge, United Kingdom. When she was six her family moved to Melbourne, Australia. Newton-John's music career began in 1966 when she released her first single, "Till You Say You'll Be Mine." In 1971 she released her first album If Not For You. The album reached number 14 on the Australian Albums Chart and number 158 on the American Albums Chart. Newton-John released three more albums—Olivia, Let Me Be There, and Long Live Love—before her breakthrough album Have You Never Been Mellow in 1975. The album became Newton-John's first number one on the Billboard 200 chart and included hit Singles like "Have You Never Been Mellow" and "Please Mr. Please." Newton-John has released a total of 26 albums over the course of her career, including bestsellers Clearly Love, Come on Over, Totally Hot and Physical, which included Newton-John's 1981 hit single of the same name. The song, which is considered Newton-John's biggest hit, has since sold more than two million copies in the US and was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 10 weeks.
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In addition to her music career, Newton-John was also a successful actress, starring in films such as Toomorrow, Xanadu and Two of a Kind. Her best-known role was as Sandy Olsson in Grease, a 1978 film adaptation of the 1971 musical of the same name. The film, which starred John Travolta as Danny Zuko, became the highest-grossing musical film of all time at the time of its release, and even received one Oscar nomination for the song "Hopeless Devoted to You" sung by Newton-John.
After nearly 60 years in the entertainment industry, Newton-John died of breast cancer on August 8, 2022 at her ranch in Santa Ynez, California. She was 73 years old. John Easterling confirmed her death in an Instagram post on the day of her death. “Dame Olivia Newton-John, 73, died peacefully this morning at her Southern California ranch surrounded by family and friends. We ask everyone to respect the family's privacy at this very difficult time,” the post read. “A symbol of triumph and hope for over 30 years, Olivia shares her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicines continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to research into plant medicines and cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the @onjfoundation in their memory.”
The post continued, "Olivia is survived by her husband John Easterling; daughter Chloe Lattanzi; Sister Sarah Newton-John; brother Toby Newton-John; nieces and nephews Tottie, Fiona and Brett Goldsmith; Emerson, Charlie, Zac, Jeremy, Randall and Pierz Newton-John; Jude Newton-Stock, Layla Lee; Kira and Tasha Gem; and Brin and Valerie Hall. – via John Easterling, husband, Olivia Newton-John.”
What were Olivia Newton-John's last words to her family? Read on to learn about Newton-John's final moments with her niece, husband and daughter before she died after a 30-year battle with breast cancer.
What were Olivia Newton-John's last words?
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What were Olivia Newton-John's last words? Newton-John's niece, Tottie Goldsmith, recalled her last conversation with her aunt in an interview with the news program A Current Affair after Newton-John's death. "I told her everything I had to say," she said. "She left us, but I feel like she understood ... She was really thin and sick and I said to her, 'Are you scared of dying?' And she said, 'I'm not scared. I've done more in my life than I could ever have imagined.'"
Goldsmith also told the news show that Newton-John's death did not "shock" her family because she was so ill in the days leading up to her death. "It's not a shock — we know how sick she's been, especially in the last five days," she said. "It wasn't just the cancer that got her; There were other complications of being in a hospital and with a very vulnerable immune system. She got secondary infections. She's really gone under in the last five, six days.” Although Newton-John used medical cannabis to manage the pain of her stage 4 breast cancer, Goldsmith told the news show that toward the end of her life the drug wasn't helping much. "It wasn't enough," she said. "[She] was really dealing with a lot of pain."
Newton-John's Grease co-star Didi Conn also confirmed to Good Morning America at the time that Newton-John was surrounded by her friends and family, including her husband John Easterling and daughter Chloe Rose Lattanzi, when she died. "Her husband John and daughter Chloe were there the whole time and she told me they were just so hopelessly devoted," she said. Conn also told Good Morning America that in the months leading up to her death, Newton-John "was unable to walk and that she had full-time foster care."
In an interview with the podcast A Life of Greatness in 2021, which was one of Newton-John's last interviews before her death, the singer-actress opened up about why she wasn't afraid of death. "We all know we're going to die, but I think we live our lives in denial," she said. "It's very personal so it's hard to put into words." She continued, "I feel like we are all one and I've had experiences with ghosts and spirit life. I think something is happening. I hope the energies of the people you love will be there... I think all the love will be there. I'm kind of looking forward to it, not now but when it happens."
Since Newton-John's death, news has also circulated that her ex-boyfriend, Patrick McDermott, went missing on June 30, 2005 and was never found. McDermott disappeared with 22 other people on a fishing trip in California just 30 minutes before his boat was due to return to shore. After he went missing, the fishing crew found his bill had been paid and discovered his belongings neatly stacked on his bed. McDermott's passport, wallet and car keys were also discovered on the boat, while his car had been abandoned at the San Pedro Marina in Los Angeles, California.
Newton-John dated McDermott for nine years before he disappeared. Though Newton-John hasn't spoken much about McDermott's disappearance, some of her last words about her ex-boyfriend's secret came in a 2009 interview with Women's Weekly, where she revealed she doesn't know if she'll ever make peace with the what happened." I think there's always going to be a question mark," she said at the time. "I don't think I'll ever really make peace with that."
She also provided a rare comment on the interview in a 2016 interview from 60 Minutes. "He was lost at sea and nobody really knows what happened," she said. "It's human to wonder. But you know, those are the things in life that you have to accept and let go of. Because whenever you're going through tough times, there's always those concerns.”
How did Olivia Newton-John die?
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How did Olivia Newton-John die? Newton-John died on the morning of August 8, 2022 at her ranch in Santa Ynez, California. She was 73 years old. She was surrounded by friends and family and died peacefully. Her husband, John Easterling, confirmed her death in an Instagram post on the day of her death. “Dame Olivia Newton-John, 73, died peacefully this morning at her Southern California ranch surrounded by family and friends. We ask everyone to respect the family's privacy at this very difficult time,” the post read. “A symbol of triumph and hope for over 30 years, Olivia shares her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicines continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to research into plant medicines and cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the @onjfoundation in their memory.”
The post continued, "Olivia is survived by her husband John Easterling; daughter Chloe Lattanzi; Sister Sarah Newton-John; brother Toby Newton-John; nieces and nephews Tottie, Fiona and Brett Goldsmith; Emerson, Charlie, Zac, Jeremy, Randall and Pierz Newton-John; Jude Newton-Stock, Layla Lee; Kira and Tasha Gem; and Brin and Valerie Hall. – via John Easterling, husband, Olivia Newton-John.”
Newton-John has one child, a daughter named Chloe Rose Lattanzi. She shares Chloe with ex-husband Matt Lattanzi, to whom she was married from 1984 to 1995. Newton-John married her second husband, John Easterling, in 2008. They were married until her death in 2022. After Newton-John's death, her Grease co-star John Travolta took to his Instagram with a tribute to his late castmate. Travolta played Danny Zuko for Newton-John's Sandy Olsson in 1978's Grease. "My dearest Olivia, you have made all of our lives so much better. Her impact was incredible. I love you so much. See you on the street and we'll all be together again. Yours from the moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John," Travolta captioned a throwback photo of Newton-John.
Newton-John's cause of death has not been confirmed, but a source told TMZ at the time of her death that she died of metastatic breast cancer. "After a 30-year cancer journey, she lost her battle with metastatic breast cancer," the insider said. Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer in August 1992 when she was 43 years old. "I draw strength from the millions of women who have successfully met this challenge," she said in a statement at the time. "This was recognized early on because I was screened regularly, so I encourage other women to do the same."
Newton-John's announcement came less than a day after she underwent a partial mastectomy of her right breast at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. "She's fine," her rep Sylvi Brown said at the time. Newton-John declined to speak to reporters when she entered the hospital. "I'm just too upset to say anything," she said at the time, according to People. "I just want to get well"
In May 2017, when she was 68, Newton-John announced that her breast cancer had spread after doctors discovered the cancer had metastasized to the sacrum, a bone at the base of her spine. Newton-John's announcement came after she postponed the first half of her concert tour at the time due to severe back pain, which she thought was sciatica. Medical tests later determined that the pain was due to her cancer. Olivia Newton-John is reluctantly rescheduling her June concert tour dates in the US and Canada. The back pain, which initially prompted her to postpone the first half of her concert tour, has been revealed to be breast cancer that has spread to the sacrum," read a statement on Newton-John's Facebook at the time. "In addition to the natural wellness therapies, Olivia will be completing a brief course in Photon Radiation Therapy and is confident she will return later in the year better than ever to celebrate her shows."
In her own statement, Newton-John explained that she chose to have her cancer treated based on the advice of her medical team at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Center in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia. She founded the center in 2008.
"I decided on my therapy direction after consulting with my physicians and naturopaths and the medical team at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Center in Melbourne, Australia," she said. A source also told People at the time that Newton John was hoping to return to her tour later this year. “She plans to go on tour in August. They're all very positive," the insider said.
Newton John's first diagnosis of breast cancer came after the death of her father, Brinley Newton-John, in 1992. Her cancer returned in 2013 after the death of her older sister, Rona. Newton-John learned her cancer had returned after she was involved in a car accident.
In a 2020 interview with The Guardian, Newton-John revealed that she had to learn to walk again in 2018 after her cancer spread so badly that she fractured the base of her spine. "I was so weak. I had a walker, cane and crutches, but now I walk around," she said. She told the publication that one way to keep her spirits up was by singing a song she created about her health. "I'm healthy, I'm strong," she said. “I think it's very important to keep this positive message in mind. You know, when you have a difficult moment, music is always a great healer.”
Newton-John also told the publication that she wasn't surprised when her breast cancer returned in 2013. "It's been a part of my life for so long. I felt something was wrong. It's worrying when it comes back, but I was like, 'I'm going to get through it one more time,'" she said. In addition to surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, Newton-John also credited medicinal cannabis — a drug introduced to her by her husband John, who grew the plant on their Southern California ranch as part of his business. Newton-John's daughter Chloe also owned a marijuana farm in Oregon. “In the beginning I was nervous. But I could see the benefits once I started using it. It helps with anxiety, it helps with sleep, it helps with pain," she said. Newton-John also denied that she recommends medicinal cannabis as an alternative therapy for all cancer patients. "I'm not asking anyone to do anything," she said. "I just want to do research and find out what things work."
Newton-John also told The Guardian what she learned from her cancer diagnosis, as well as other experiences she has had, like her multiple miscarriages, before she had her daughter Chloe and ex-boyfriend Patrick McDermott, who went missing in 2005 and went missing never found. "I've had many different experiences, some painful, some difficult," she said. “As you get older, you develop some wisdom. You realize that you will get through this and you will survive. Like the pandemic - these things happen, but life goes on. We will all learn a lot from it and grow from it. I think positive things will come out of it.”
She continued, "I don't consider myself to have cancer. I don't see it as a fight either because I don't like war. I don't like fighting, wherever it is - whether it's outside or a real war inside my body. I choose not to see it that way. I want to get my body healthy and balanced again. Part of it is your mental attitude towards it. If you think, 'Poor man' or 'I'm sick,' then you get sick."
Newton-John also told The Guardian why she doesn't view her cancer, which prompted her to open the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Center, as a "death sentence". "I don't know where I would be now without her," she said. “I see it as my life journey. It gave me purpose and purpose and taught me a lot about compassion. It was a gift. I don't wish it on anyone else. But for me, it was important in my life." She also told the publication why she's no longer afraid of death. "Listen, I think every day is a blessing. You never know when your time is up; We all have limited time on this planet and we just have to be thankful for that," she said.
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To learn more about Olivia Newton-John, read her memoir, Don't Stop Believin'. The 2019 New York Times bestseller takes readers through Newton-John's life in her own words, from her roles in career films like Grease and Xanadu to her rise to become one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, with more than 100 Millions of albums sold and four Grammys under his belt. The book also offers an intimate look into Newton-John's life, including her cancer diagnosis in 1992 and how her strength, courage and grace led her to found the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Center in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia. dedicates her life to cancer research. "Warm, open and moving, Don't Stop Believin' is Olivia Newton-John's story in her own words for the first time," reads the editor's description.
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