Sydney (Australia), (EFE).- Thousands of people paid tribute this Sunday to the actress and singer Olivia Newton-John, who died last August as a result of cancer, at an emotional official funeral held in the Australian city of Melbourne.
In an appointment held in the Hamer Hall of the Melbourne Arts Center, which lasted for more than two hours, family, friends and celebrities paid homage to the memory and achievements of the artist, who was raised in the Australian city despite the fact that was born in the UK.
Various personalities from the world of music and cinema, including Elton John, Hugh Jackman, Dolly Parton, Pink and Mariah Carey, sent videos of condolences, which were broadcast to a shocked crowd that accompanied the ceremony.
American country star Dolly Parton opened the tributes by sharing happy memories of Newton-John – who passed away on August 8 after a fight of more than three decades against breast cancer – and stated that “the world lost one of its greatest talents when Olivia left us.”
“As a country you should be very proud and know that the whole world is mourning with you,” the singer said in her video message.
The British artist Elton John also participated, virtually, in this multitudinous tribute, who pointed out that, over the years, he saw the iconic protagonist of ‘Grease’ “grow and grow and grow until she became the artist in which became.”
“She was such a wonderful force of nature, but she was funny and kind and warm and talented and every time we got together we just laughed and laughed and laughed,” he said.
The singer also praised Newton-John’s “courage” and “bravery” in his fight against cancer, recalling his help to “millions of people” thanks to the promotion of projects and institutes that support research into cancer treatments. disease.
Newton-John’s relatives also gave emotional speeches and shared warm memories of the artist on this day, which also included concerts and other artistic events.
Her husband, John Easterling, stressed that the couple knew “how lucky” they were to have found each other and was aware “how in love” they were.
“In an order of magnitude where we thought maybe we should feel guilty because we were so happy, but we decided to feel gratitude and just let the happiness run full speed ahead,” he said in shock.
For her part, her daughter Chloe Lattanzi, holding back tears, recalled the moments of simplicity she lived with her “mom.”
“I loved our hugs. I would climb into bed with her late at night, even if I was 20 years old. I loved the way she smelled (…) I love how she loved totally and completely, ”Lattanzi said emotionally, before being applauded by the public.
Newton-John developed his career in show business as a singer, with hits such as “If Not for You”, “Let Me Be There” and “Have You Never Been Mellow”, although his name was immortalized in Hollywood by star in “Grease,” which would become the highest-grossing musical of the 20th century.