Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street station has been lit up pink in memory of another Australian icon Olivia Newton-John.
The British-born, Melbourne-raised performer died in her sleep at her home in California, according to husband John Easterling in news shared on Tuesday. She was 73.
Singer and actress Dame Olivia, best known for her role alongside John Travolta in the smash movie musical Grease, endured a recurring battle with breast cancer.
On Tuesday afternoon, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the city’s most famous landmarks – including Flinders Street Station, the Arts Centre, the MCG and other sporting venues – would be lit up pink in honour of her “enormous contribution to cancer awareness, research and treatment”.
Mr Andrews said Dame Olivia’s generosity saved lives and her advocacy spanning many years provided hope for others.
“She took her cancer journey and used that to save lives and change lives, and that’s just a deeply impressive thing,” he said.
Austin Health, home of Melbourne’s Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Centre, said in a statement it was an especially sad day for everyone involved in the facility.
The centre is planning a memorial service as the government works with family on a possible state funeral.
Adelaide also lit up its Entertainment Centre in pink lights in memory of the star.
She was remembered as a friend, a great talent and an inspiration to fellow performers.
Travolta was among the first to pay tribute to his former co-star.
“My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much,” he posted on Instagram.
The impact of Dame Olivia’s passing also hit hard in Australia on Tuesday.
Music guru Molly Meldrum said her passion for life was unwavering.
“Tonight, the stars will shine a little brighter and I am heartbroken,” he said.
Dame Olivia’s niece, actress and singer Tottie Goldsmith, revealed on Tuesday night that the family will accept the offer of a state funeral.
Tonight, city landmarks were awash in pink hues to honour the life of Olivia Newton-John who gave so much to her beloved hometown of Melbourne. Vale ONJ 💕 #OliviaNewtonJohn #Melbourne pic.twitter.com/djv7Y8WuWH
— Sean Marsicovetere (@SeanMarsico) August 9, 2022
Tonight we’re shining in 💖 in recognition of Olivia Newton-John’s establishment of the Cancer Wellness and Research Centre named in her honour. pic.twitter.com/RIMqKduqoZ
— Melbourne Cricket Ground (@MCG) August 9, 2022
Melbourne landmarks light up in pink for Olivia! pic.twitter.com/vOFJGzSe5C
— Pickles (@Piiiiickles) August 9, 2022