Grease star Olivia Newton-John, 73, has died

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Australian singer Olivia Newton-John, who gained worldwide fame as high-school sweetheart Sandy in the hit musical movie Grease, died Monday, her family said. She was 73.

The entertainer, whose career spanned more than five decades, devoted much of her time and celebrity to charities after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992.

She announced in May 2017 that after 25 years in remission the disease had spread to her lower back. The singer in August 2018 cancelled a two-date tour just three weeks after announcing it.

Newton-John "passed away peacefully at her ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends," said a statement from her husband John Easterling posted on her official social media accounts.

Following her death, social media was flooded with tributes, including by her Grease co-star, John Travolta.

"My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!" he wrote in an Instagram post.

Also on Instagram, Barbra Streisand wrote that Newton-John was "too young to leave this world."

"May she RIP," Streisand added in her post.

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