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

Aug 9, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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73-year-old Grease star and Grammy winner dies following a lengthy battle with breast cancer

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Olivia Newton-John’s celebrated voice was silenced this week when the Grammy Award-winning singer and advocate for plant-based medicines such as cannabis died from breast cancer.

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

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

  1. The mother-and-daughter duo also recently teamed up for a duet of the more traditional kind. / PHOTO BY OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN FOUNDATION FUND, TWITTER

    Olivia Newton-John and her daughter may not agree on all music, but they do share a support of weed

  2. FILE: Olivia Newton-John encourages walkers during the annual Wellness Walk and Research Runon September 16, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. PHOTO BY / PHOTO: SCOTT BARBOUR/GETTY IMAGES

    Olivia Newton-John: ‘Cannabis that my husband grows for me has been such a huge part of my healing’

  3. Olivia Newton-John during the annual Wellness Walk and Research Run on September 16, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

    ‘I’m not encouraging anyone to break the law, but I know what I would do,’ Olivia Newton-John speaks out in favour of cannabis use

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

“My dream is that we will realize a world beyond cancer. I honestly believe we can do it!” notes a quote attributed to Newton-John, a frequent chart topping singer during 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 was not dwelling on the diagnosis and had benefited from the cannabis Easterling grows for her at home.

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

The 12 times Grammy-nominated and four-time winner previously credited Easterling for helping her ween herself off morphine by using cannabis tinctures.

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

Formulas of Easterling’s ‘Amazon John, Rainforest Medicine’ “have sold over $100 million worldwide” and he “maintains a research garden of multiple cultivars in California,” notes his O’Cannabiz speaker write-up.

According to the Independent, Newton-John, the seemingly eternally optimistic star of Grease and Xanadu, shared a photograph of herself and Easterling, married since 2008, just days before her death. “She can be seen smiling and cuddling up to him.”

Grease co-star John Travolta issued his own statement on the death of his friend.

“My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible,” Travolta wrote, according to numerous media outlets.

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In a 2019 interview with 60 Minutes Australia, Newton-John said, “If somebody tells you, you have six months to live, very possibly you will, because you believe that,” adding that for herself, psychologically, it was better to tune out and not focus on what might be expected to happen based on the experiences of others.

Later that year, the singer called for Australia to federally legalize cannabis.

“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. “For the last 70 years, it’s been kind of made illegal. It’s an important thing to make easier access for patients, particularly people in pain. It’s a no-brainer.”

A study by researchers from the University of Queensland’s National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research 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 open to giving it go if the plant was legalized.

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