Olivia Newton-John’s husband says she was lucid and ‘free of pain’ in her final days
Olivia Newton-John was "free of pain and lucid" in her final days, her widower has revealed.
On Thursday, as details of her state memorial were released, the Grease icon’s husband, John Easterling announced that despite suffering from cancer, the star died peacefully.
"She was very clear and very alive and very conscious and not in pain," he said. "So there was a quality of life there at that time that I think is so critical.
"That was part of Olivia’s great contribution with the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre… providing a real quality of life for people was close to her heart.
"That’s a lot of the focus there and was with Olivia too through her entire journey," he explained to The Daily Telegraph.
Easterling’s comments come as details for a state memorial for the British-Australian singer and actress were released.
Newton-John, who died at age 73 last August after battling breast cancer, will be honoured at a free, ticketed service on Sunday, February 26, in Melbourne.
It will feature tributes from family and friends and a performance from Aussie singer Delta Goodrem, who played the star in a 2018 miniseries.
Newton-John battled breast cancer three times after first being diagnosed in 1992 and she underwent chemotherapy, a mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery.
She died at her ranch in Southern California.
The star became a cancer campaigner and founded the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, which supports people living with the disease.