- Olivia Newton-John's family has accepted the offer of a state funeral in Australia for the British-born, Aussie-raised star.
- The send-off will be "much more of a concert than a funeral," said Victoria state premier Dan Andrews.
- On Thursday, her husband John Easterling and daughter Chloe Lattanzi also paid tribute to the star. "In her most difficult times she always had the spirit, the humour, and the will power to move things into the light," said Easterling.
Screen legend Olivia Newton-John will be honoured with a state memorial service in her adoptive homeland Australia touting an upbeat sendoff for the late Grammy-winning actor, authorities confirmed Thursday, following her niece Tatti Goldsmith revealing the news earlier this week.
The British-born, Aussie-raised star of the 1978 hit musical Grease died on Monday at her home in Southern California. The cause of death was not stated, but the 73-year-old Newton-John had spent three decades trying to - as she put it - "win over" breast cancer.
Victoria state premier Dan Andrews said Newton-John's family had accepted the offer of a state memorial that "would be much more of a concert than a funeral".
"It will be an appropriate celebration of such a rich and generous life."
A date for the memorial has not yet been set.
Her widower, John Easterling, on Thursday posted a tribute to her and thanked fans for the "vast ocean of love and support" that has come with her passing.
"She was the most courageous woman I've ever known," he said.
"In her most difficult times she always had the spirit, the humour, and the will power to move things into the light."
Her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, also paid tribute to the star. "You are my lighthouse mama," she wrote, alongside a clip of the two singing their 2021 duet Window in the Wall.