The legendary Grease star Olivia Newton-John is in mourning this week after the sudden death of a nurse who helped care for her during her cancer battle.

Newton-John, 72, took to Instagram to pay tribute to Emma Cohen, a nurse who had worked at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre.

“My heart is still in shock and so saddened to learn of the sudden loss of the very special Emma Cohen. Emma took care of me at a very vulnerable time in my life when I was a patient on her unit at the @onjcancercentre in 2018,” Newton-John wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of her and Cohen. “She ensured my stay was safe and comfortable, always had practical advice for me, showed strong leadership skills and had a great sense of humor.”

“She was a bright, energetic and powerful woman with a huge future ahead of her, and we connected on our mission to help patients on their cancer journey,” Newton-John added. “Emma had such a generous spirit and a warm and loving heart – I will miss seeing her lovely face at the Centre and send my love and deepest condolences to her friends and family.”


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Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer back in 1992, and it returned for a second time in 2013. Sadly, Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer for a third time in 2017, and this time it was stage 4. Back in February, she gave fans an update on how she is doing.

“I’m so lucky to still be doing all these things,” Newton-John told People Magazine. “I don’t think I imagined living this long! I feel very blessed.”

Newton-John is also enjoying her life with her husband, John Easterling, with whom she recently launched the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund in order to continue to support research into plant medicine for cancer.

“I’m very lucky to be married to a wonderful man who is a plant medicine man, and he has great knowledge,” she said. “Now he’s growing medicinal cannabis for me, and it just has been wonderful. It helps me in every area.”

Please join us in saying a prayer for Newton-John as she continues her cancer battle.

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