Remembering singer, actress and medical cannabis advocate Olivia Newton-John

73-year-old Grammy-winning Grease star dies after long battle with breast cancer

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The famous voice of Olivia Newton-John was silenced this week when the Grammy-winning singer and advocate for herbal medicines like cannabis died of breast cancer.

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In a facebook post of Newton-John’s husband, John Easterling, who has 28 years of experience in plant medicine and was a scheduled speaker at O’Cannabizwrote that she “passed away peacefully at her Southern California ranch” while surrounded by family and friends.

“Olivia has been a beacon of triumphs and hope for over 30 years, sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience in plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund , dedicated to plant medicine and cancer research,” the post read, asking anyone interested to send a donation in lieu of flowers.

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An independent charity launched in 2020 that sponsors global research into plant medicine for cancer, the foundation seeks to ensure that “investments in new scientific research will educate patients and their carers about gentler options for treating cancer” . rate the site.

“My dream is that we achieve a world beyond cancer. I sincerely believe that we can do it! notes a quote attributed to Newton-John, a frequent chart-topping singer in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Newton-John, who was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer about five years ago after earlier bouts in 1992 and 2013, said during the Today show in October 2021 that she did not dwell on the diagnosis and had benefited from the cannabis that Easterling grows for her at home.

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“I have my days, I have my pains, but the cannabis my husband grows for me has been such a big part of my healing,” Newton-John said, according to the Mirror.

The 12-time Grammy nominee and four-time winner previously credited Easterling with helping her get rid of morphine using cannabis tinctures.

FILE: Olivia Newton-John encourages walkers during the annual Wellness and Research Walk on September 16, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.
FILE: Olivia Newton-John encourages walkers during the annual Wellness and Research Walk on September 16, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. Photo by / Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Easterling’s “Amazon John, Rainforest Medicine” formulas “have sold over $100 million worldwide” and he “maintains a multi-cultivar research garden in California,” notes his speaker post O’ Cannabiz.

According to IndependentNewton John, the seemingly eternally optimistic star of Fat and Xanadu, shared a photo of herself and Easterling, who had been married since 2008, days before her death. “You can see her smiling and snuggling up to him.”

Fat co-star John Travolta released his own statement on his friend’s death.

“My dearest Olivia, you have made our lives so much better. Your impact has been incredible,” Travolta wrote, according to multiple outlets.

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In a 2019 interview with 60 Minutes AustraliaNewton-John said: “If someone tells you that you have six months to live, you most likely will, because you believe it,” adding that for herself, psychologically, it was better to disconnect and not focusing on what might be expected based on the experiences of others.

Later that year, the singer called for australia to legalize cannabis at the federal level.

“I think everyone should have access to it. I mean, it’s a plant, it’s been with us for thousands of years,” she reportedly said. “Over the past 70 years, it’s sort of become illegal. It is important to facilitate access for patients, especially those who are suffering. It’s obvious.

A study by researchers from the National Center for Youth Substance Use Research at the University of Queensland and the School of Psychology reported in 2020 that a clear majority of young people in Australia have never tried cannabis, but about one in seven would be willing to give it a go if the plant were legalized.

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