British-Australian entertainment icon Olivia Newton-John died from a long battle with breast cancer on Monday, August 8th, with her loving husband by her side.
John Easterling, Olivia’s husband, confirmed the tragic news of her death in a statement posted to Facebook on behalf of the family.
“Dame Olivia Newton-John passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” he wrote. “We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time.”
Easterling continued by saying, “Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer.”
Easterling and Newton-John were friends for over 20 years before they finally made it official. The couple first met at an environmental show, but they became closer when Easterling stayed in Olivia’s guesthouse in California while he was in town for work.
However, as Easterling was scheduled to leave, he was involved in a car accident that fractured his lower spine.
Easterling stated, “I could barely move, so I stayed on (Olivia’s) couch until I could travel again,”
As they got to know each other even better, the first blooms of romance began to spark.
Though they had known each other for a long time, Easterling admitted to her that he’d never seen her perform or even watched Grease.
In 2007, he finally made it to one of her shows in Miami, where he lived.
In June 2008, the smitten couple wed in a private ceremony on a Peruvian mountaintop.
Newton-John later revealed to People: “(It was) just a special sacred site that we went to. We walked there, it was a beautiful day and it was just something we wanted to do.”
Newton-John continued saying, “I have a wonderful, beautiful husband who is just so loving and fantastic,” she continued saying, “I always tell my friends you’re never too old to find love. I found the love of my life at 59 going on 60! I’m grateful.”
It was a beautiful chapter that followed a challenging period in Newton-John’s personal life that remained unsolved.
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Before her friendship with Easterling turned romantic, the actress and singer had been dealing with the heartache of the baffling disappearance of her ex-partner of nine years.
Ex-cameraman Patrick McDermott vanished during an overnight fishing trip off the coast of California in June 2005, just 30 minutes before his boat was due to return to shore, and with his bill fully paid and belongings stacked neatly on his bed.
At the time of McDermott’s disappearance, it was reported he filed for bankruptcy and owed US$8000 ($12,750) in backdated child support payments. It was suggested that he might have staged his own death to escape his financial woes.
There have been numerous reports of sightings over the years, and in 2017, a photograph reportedly emerged of him in Mexico, more than a decade after he went missing.
In the picture, a man who bears a striking resemblance to McDermott is seen dishevelled and shirtless, lounging next to a mystery woman on a beach.
Though not one of the 22 passengers on the fishing boat he was on saw McDermott go overboard, He was declared dead in 2008.
Newton-John admitted to 60 Minutes in 2016 that there were still question marks over his baffling disappearance.
Olivia confessed to the Australian Women’s Weekly magazine, “I think there will always be a question mark … I don’t think I will ever really be at peace with it.”
Thankfully her relationship with (Easterling), the man she later described as “the love of my life” began to bloom, it seems that her fairy tale finally came true.