Olivia Newton-John’s sister, Rona Newton-John, has died one month after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.
The “Grease” actress shared the news of her 70-year-old sister’s passing via Facebook. “My beautiful sister Rona sadly passed on May 24th in Los Angeles,” she wrote. “It was May 25th in Australia which was our mother Irene’s birthday. Rona died of a very aggressive brain tumor and mercifully suffered no pain. I will miss her forever— my beautiful, smart, talented, funny, brave sister Rona,” she wrote.
Olivia added,“She was surrounded by the love of her four children— Fiona, Brett, Tottie and Emerson and her wonderful friends.”
The 64-year-old Olivia had her own battle with cancer 20 years ago. The actress showed tremendous support for her sister after Rona’s diagnosis. She canceled her April Las Vegas performances in order to be there for her ailing sibling.
Rona also shared her sister’s love of acting, starring in “A Mom for Christmas.” Newton-John was married to her sister’s “Grease” co-star Jeff Conaway from 1980 to 1985. She had been working on publishing her memoirs for many years. The book will be titled, “The Dark Side of Charisma,”and will be released this summer.
The grieving family has asked that donations be sent to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Center, where a program will be named after Rona.
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