Olivia Newton-John's death called 'Australia's Princess Diana moment'

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Aussie reporter calls the impact from Olivia Newton-John's death 'Australia's Princess Diana moment'

By Kinta Walsh-cotton For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 03:20 EDT, 10 August 2022 | Updated: 03:21 EDT, 10 August 2022

The impact of Olivia Newton-John's death has been compared to the tragic passing of Princess Diana.

Speaking about the death of the Grease star, entertainment Peter Ford called the news 'heartbreaking' during an appearance on 3AW, before comparing Olivia to the late royal.

'This is almost Australia’s Princess Diana moment,' he said, adding that Olivia, who lost her battle with cancer at the age of 73 on Monday, was one of few people who never had a bad word said about them.

The passing of Olivia Newton-John (pictured) has been called 'Australia's Princess Diana moment' by Australian entertainment reporter Peter Ford

Princess Diana was killed in a car accident in 1997, sparking widespread mourning across the globe.  

Peter is not the only one who has paid tribute to the Australian music icon.

Hollywood has mourned one of its brightest stars with tributes pouring in from all across the globe. 

Speaking about the death of the Grease star, entertainment Peter Ford (pictured) called the news 'heartbreaking' during an appearance on 3AW, before comparing Olivia to the late royal 

Princess Diana (pictured) was killed in a car accident in 1997, sparking widespread mourning across the globe

One of the star's first high-profile friends to pay tribute was her Grease co-star John Travolta.

'My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible,' he captioned an Instagram post alongside a photo of her.

'I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again,' he continued. 

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

Olivia pictured as Sandy in the 1978 movie Grease alongside John Travolta who played Danny

One of the star's first high-profile friends to pay tribute was her Grease co-star John Travolta 

Among other tributes included Australian singer Delta Goodrem, who honoured her beloved 'mentor and friend'.

Delta, 37, shared pictures of herself hugging Olivia and said she was 'like family' to her.

'I love you forever,' Delta wrote in her moving post. 'The whole world will feel this heartbreak today because the entire world felt Olivia's unmatched light.' 

Among other tributes included Australian singer Delta Goodrem, who honoured her beloved 'mentor and friend.' (Pictured: Olivia on April 18 during one of her last photos)

She continued: '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. 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.'

Delta (right) shared pictures of herself hugging Olivia and said she was 'like family' to her

Olivia died peacefully in her home in Southern California on Monday morning, surrounded by family and friends. (Pictured with husband John Easterling in a throwback photo she posted on Friday just three days before she passed away)

The Lost Without You songstress famously played the Aussie icon in the 2018 TV miniseries, Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You.

Olivia died peacefully in her home in Southern California on Monday morning, surrounded by family and friends.

It came after a brave and extraordinarily public decades-long battle with cancer in which she was diagnosed three times in 1992, 2013 and, for a final time, in 2017.

It came after a brave and extraordinarily public decades-long battle with cancer in which she was diagnosed three times in 1992, 2013 and, for a final time, in 2017 

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