Olivia Newton-John’s heartbreaking final post on Instagram

Olivia Newton-John, the star of the hit movie musical Grease, died on August 8, her family confirmed on their official social media accounts. She was 73 years old. “Dame Olivia Newton-John passed away peacefully this morning at her Southern California ranch surrounded by family and friends,” her husband John Easterling announced on Facebook. While the official cause of death was not released, the post celebrated the star’s long journey with breast cancer, symbolized by the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund. “Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicines continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund,” Easterling wrote.

Newton-John was first diagnosed in 1992, People reported. She underwent a partial mastectomy to treat the tumor. The cancer returned in 2013, though she chose not to disclose the diagnosis at the time, according to SurvivorNet. “I was like, ‘It’s my life,’ and I just decided to keep it to myself,” she said. By 2017, Newton-John’s tumor had progressed to stage IV and spread to her back, People reported.

Over the years, Newton-John has worked to raise funds and raise awareness about breast cancer. In fact, through her activism, she met Easterling, an herbalist who, according to LabAroma, has been studying the methods of indigenous healers in the Amazon since 1976. Her efforts to find gentler ways to fight the disease prompted Newton-John and Easterling to work together to create the foundation named after her, the American Botanical Council reported. Newton-John and Easterling wed in 2008, a connection she celebrated — even publicly — into the final days of her life.

Olivia Newton-John’s latest Instagram post honors her husband

Olivia Newton-John made a final update to her 500,000+ Instagram fans on Aug. 5, a post she dedicated to her husband, John Easterling. In the caption, the actor and musician simply added the hashtag “Flashback Friday” and let the photo do the talking. In no time at all, she and Easterling are sitting low to the ground in nature against a backdrop of tall vegetation. Easterling has his arms wrapped around Newton-John, who is smiling for the camera. The recording is from her People profile from October 2016.

Her fans were quick to rave about the joy they radiated. “You two make the perfect couple,” one wrote in the comments. Another wished her luck on her health journey. “Wonderful photo! I wish you continued good health. I include you in my prayers. Love and light.” Some even expressed concern about Newton-John’s reduced social media presence in recent weeks. “I’m not the only one wondering if you’re really okay. The silence is deafening [sic] and frankly scary at times,” one fan wrote. Newton-John’s last update before the photo with her husband was on July 15.

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Newton-John’s post honoring Easterling takes on extra meaning given that she mostly used her Instagram for work- or activism-related content. She rarely used it to honor her family. In December 2020, she shared a photo that showed her and the Easterling kissing under the mistletoe, but even then she used it to promote the work of the Olivia Newton-John Foundation.

Olivia Newton-John called John Easterling ‘the love of my life’

Olivia Newton-John met John Easterling in 2007, two years after the stunning disappearance of her longtime partner Patrick McDermott. After the traumatic events, Newton-John focused on her activism and was in no rush to get back in a relationship, she told People in 2016. Her passion for finding alternative cancer treatments led her to a trip to the Amazon , a who was also John Easterling. “I didn’t expect to fall in love with him and then bam!” she shared.

It wasn’t the first time Easterling and Newton-John had crossed paths. They were introduced by a mutual acquaintance shortly after she was diagnosed with cancer, but nothing happened between them at the time, according to People. The rainforest journey all those years later marked a new chapter in Newton-John’s life. Easterling taught Newton-John the meaning of true love. “I found the love of my life at 59, carrying on at 60! I’m grateful,” she said in 2016.

A year after meeting, they returned to South America in June 2008 to tie the knot at an Inca celebration in the Peruvian mountains, People reported. Newton-John and Easterling’s marriage became official later that month when they were married in Florida. But the Amazon ceremony is close to her heart, and Newton-John opened up an exception to her busy Instagram to mark the occasion on June 21, 2020. “Seems like I got married to the man of my dreams in Peru yesterday for the winter solstice,” she gushed.