We are deeply saddened to learn of Dame Olivia Newton-John’s sad passing.

As our Founding Champion, Olivia was a tireless supporter of people living with cancer, and a source of great inspiration to all of us at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute.

Her energy, kindness and commitment to improving the lives of people living with cancer provided an extraordinary and meaningful source of light, encouragement and hope to many.

“Olivia’s determination to find new and better ways to beat cancer will continue to inspire the researchers at the Institute,” said Richard Balderstone, Chair of Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute.

Her advocacy for compassionate and whole-of-person cancer care, her curiosity and her unfailing commitment to supporting new discoveries in cancer treatment and patient care continues to inspire our work at the Institute.

Olivia will be remembered for her warm-hearted spirit and the enormous impact she has had on so many lives. She will remain a source of great inspiration to the entire team at the Institute in their continued commitment to conduct world-leading innovative research into new and more effective ways to treat cancer.

“Everybody at the Institute is in shock at hearing the news that Olivia Newton-John has passed today. We send our profound condolences to Olivia’s family. Olivia was focused on finding kinder and more effective treatments for cancer and we remain steadfast in continuing this important work in the memory of Olivia and everyone who has been affected by cancer,” said Professor Matthias Ernst, Director of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute.

We are forever grateful for Olivia’s association with the Institute.

Our thoughts are with Olivia’s family and friends at this difficult time.

For media enquiries, please contact: media@onjcri.org.au.