Screen legend Olivia Newton-John will be honored with a state funeral in her adopted homeland of Australia, authorities said on Thursday (August 11th), touting an upbeat obituary for the late Grammy-winning actress.

British-born, Australian-raised star of the 1978 hit musical Grease died Monday, August 8, at her home in Southern California.

The cause of death was not released, but Newton-John, 73, had spent three decades trying, as she put it, to “beat” breast cancer.

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Olivia Newton-John State Memorial

Olivia Newton-John, who rose to international fame as a singer and film star, died at the age of 73 on Monday, August 8. REST IN PEACE. Image: Richard Shotwell/ Invision/AP, file

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews said Newton-John’s family had accepted the offer of a state memorial that would “be more of a concert than a funeral”.

“It will be a fitting celebration of such a rich and generous life.”

The date of installation of the memorial has not yet been set.

John Easterling pays tribute to his late wife Olivia Newton-John

Her widower John Easterling posted a tribute to her on Thursday and thanked fans for the “huge ocean of love and support” that came with her death.

“She was the bravest woman I ever knew,” he said.

“In the most difficult of times, she always had the spirit, the humor and the willpower to push things forward.”

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