Olivia Newton-John death: Delta Goodrem mourns as ‘beautiful letter’ that sparked friendship remembered

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Delta Goodrem has paid tribute to her “mentor and friend” Olivia Newton-John, sharing details of a “beautiful letter” from the legendary singer, which sparked the entertainers’ long friendship.

The Lost Without You singer has posted a series of photos of the pair throughout the years, along with a moving tribute.

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“The whole world will feel this heartbreak because the entire world felt Olivia’s unmatched light,” Goodrem began about the 73-year-old, who died on Monday.

“A force for good. A force of nature.

“Strong and kind. My mentor, my friend, my inspiration, someone who always guided me… she was always there for me,” she continued.

Olivia Newton-John and Delta Goodrem attend the 2019 Industry Dance Awards. Credit: Rachel Luna/FilmMagic

“Family to me. I don’t have all the words I would like to say today but I hope everyone will join in celebrating our beloved Olivia, her heart, soul, talent, courage, grace…

“I love you forever ❤️.”

Newton-John and Goodrem became fast friends after bonding over their respective cancer battles.

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Newton-John’s cancer journey began in 1992, with breast cancer, while Goodrem was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2003 at the age of 18.

The now 37-year-old singer beat the disease with chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Goodrem recalled in her Instagram post how in 2019 Newton-John sent a “beautiful letter” when she was in hospital with cancer.

“She sent me a letter when I got diagnosed with cancer and she said beautiful words and told me that, ‘One day, you’ll see this is a gift and understand to give back and let people know you can be a tower of strength’,” Goodrem told People at the time.

Olivia Newton-John and Delta Goodrem. Credit: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

“Then we ended up writing songs together for her album and for her charity [so] that was the start of our friendship,” she said.

Goodrem received an outpouring of love from friends and fans on her Instagram post.

“I’m so sad and sorry to wake to this news. Such beautiful words you’ve said. Sending love to you,” Nat Kringoudis said.

Delta Goodrem and Olivia Newton John speak onstage in 2018. Credit: John Sciulli/Getty Images for G’Day USA

“So beautifully said. Such a light & genuine soul. She loved you so much,” Renee Bargh said.

“Beautiful Olivia, sending so much love to you gorgeous x” Essie Holt wrote.

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“So sorry for your loss Delta. We know how close you were. Thinking of you,” the Sheppard band commented.

Goodrem’s tribute comes as Australian and Hollywood stars mourn the actress and singer who shot to global stardom with the movie Grease.

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in Grease. Credit: Paramount Pictures/Getty Images

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“My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better,” John Travolta, who starred alongside Newton-John in Grease wrote.

“I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again.

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“Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!”

Grease director Randal Kleiser shared his heartbreak for the actress who starred as Sandy Olsson.

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“I’m heartbroken. She was one of a kind, and so very kind. For over four decades of our friendship she exuded nothing but love to everyone she met,” he said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Olivia was exactly the way you imagined her. I will miss her forever.”

Jane Lynch, who starred with Newton-John on an episode of Glee, tweeted: “ONJ. Angel”.

Flowers are placed on Olivia Newton-John’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star. Credit: Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images

The pair performed Newton-John’s hit song Physical together.

Richard Marx, who knew the late star throughout her career, shared a series of photos of the duo on Twitter.

“My heart is broken. Rest now, sweet friend. You were as kind and loving a person as there’s ever been. I’ll miss you every day,” he captioned the tribute.

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Singer Melissa Etheridge shared a touching tribute, recalling how Newton-John was “the first to reach out to me after my cancer diagnosis”.

“That a beautiful woman and special talent. Hard to know what to say. She will be missed,” Etheridge said.

Actress Jules Hough shared photos with Newton-John, along with stills of them both playing the beloved character of Sandy in Grease and Grease Live!

Australian actress and singer Olivia Newton-John in 1979. Credit: Keystone/Getty Images

“Like so many, Olivia has always been my hero. Discovering her magnetic energy as an artist and actress came first but it was her heart that truly captured mine,” Hough said.

“Forever an icon and legend!”

Actress Gabrielle Union shared the impact that Newton-John’s hits Grease and Xanadu had on her as a child.

“Grease is my #1 movie of all time and made me a lifelong Olivia Newton-John fan. Me and my sister watched Xanadu more times than I could count. Sending so much love and prayers to a real gift of a woman and talent. #RIPOliviaNewtonJohn,” she tweeted.

Olivia Newton-John in 2021. Credit: G’Day USA/G’Day USA via Getty Images

Star Trek actor George Takei wrote: “We have lost a great, iconic artist in Olivia Newton-John, gone too soon from us at age 73. I trust she is now in the great Xanadu beyond. Know that we are forever hopelessly devoted to you, Olivia. Rest in song and mirth.”

Actress and singer Barbra Streisand also wrote on Instagram: “Too young to leave this world. May she RIP.”

Australian singer/songwriter Melinda Schneider has also paid tribute to Newton-John, calling her an “angel on earth”.

“I am so very sad to hear about the loss of our beautiful Olivia,” Schneider wrote on Facebook.

“She was an Angel on earth and I was so, so proud that she recorded my song Courageous, as a duet with me for her cancer and wellness fundraiser album, A Celebration in Song.

“RIP beautiful, authentic woman xxx.”

Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted To You – Part 1 airs on Channel 7 and 7plus Tuesday 9 August 9.10pm

Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted To You – Part 2, airs on Channel 7 and 7plus Wednesday 10 August 9.00pm

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