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Olivia Newton-John gets official state memorial in Australia

Olivia Newton-John plans to erect a huge official state memorial in her hometown, it was confirmed Thursday. The late 'Grease' star's niece tearfully said: that.

"We are very pleased that Olivia Newtown John's family has accepted their offer for a state memorial service.

"We are working with Olivia's family for more information. But it will be more like a concert than a funeral, fitting for a Victorian era that lived such a rich and generous life," he said.

Newton-John's niece Totti Goldsmith previously admitted in a tearful interview on "Current Affairs" that her family would accept what her interviewer called a "state funeral."

Olivia Newton-John with her niece, Tottie Goldsmith, in 2013.
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Instead, he said he would accept the offer, but I think Australia needs it. she is very loved

"I think our country needs it, so we're going to embrace it," she said, speaking of the "Grease" star who died Monday at her home in Southern California. said Goldsmith, wiping his tears.

In the same interview, Goldsmith, whose mother is the sister of an actress, said her famous 73-year-old aunt said, "Here she really fell down in five or six days." said.

Olivia Newton-John with John Travolta in the beloved 1978 movie "Grease."
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I was sick," she said of her aunt's death.

Of the actress who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, she said, "It wasn't just the cancer that she had, it was other complications."

Infections...she was really in a lot of pain," she said tearfully.

Olivia Newton-John with her niece Tottie Goldsmith in 2017.

Goldsmith said so because he couldn't fly from his home in Melbourne to see her. I did a FaceTime to tell you.

"I told her all I had to say. She was about to leave us...but I felt like she got it," she said. , recalled their last conversation two days before her death in Newton-John.