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Olivia Newton-John receives state memorial service in Australia

(CNN)Olivia Newton-John, singer and "Grease" star who died Monday in the United States, Australia Victoria's Prime Minister Dan Andrews announced Thursday that he will receive the state memorial service. Stated. "It's going to be more of a concert than a funeral," Andrews said.

Newton-John's niece, Tottie Goldsmith, previously told CNN affiliate, Nine Network, that the Australian people wanted her Newton-John to be given a state funeral. said there is. "I think Australia needs it," said Goldsmith tearfully.. Emigrated to Australia at the age of five and quickly became one of Australia's most beloved celebrities.

This week, several Australian landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House,Optus Stadium in Perth,and Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, were lit up pink and died on her ranch. tribute to the performer.
Andrews noted that lighting the building pink "represents Olivia Newton-John and her significant contributions to cancer awareness, research and treatment." It's a gesture to remember."

Newton-John survived two bouts of breast cancer, one in the early 1990s and another in 2017. In September 2018, she revealed that she was battling cancer again.

Despite her struggles, Newton-John maintained her positive outlook.

"I believe that when you go through something difficult, even in a dramatic situation like cancer, something positive comes out of it," she said. wrote on Olivia Newton-John's website. Her Cancer Wellness and Research Center opened in Melbourne in 2012.

"With cancer affecting more and more people every day, I believe we are in a world desperate for a cure, and I am committed to doing whatever it takes. I can help."

After her death, the organization said in a statement that Newton-John's "generous support and gift gave hope and changed the lives of thousands of cancer patients."

While Newton-John's death sparked grief from fans who followed her career from "Grease" to a Las Vegas concert residency, it has been a long-running affair for years. Those who have worked with her over the years have shared their memories and condolences on social media.

Newton-John's memorial service will be the Australian singer's second farewell party in the state this month. The government of Victoria is organizing a state funeral for Durham, the Seekers lead her singer, Judith, who died on 5 August at the age of 79.