Grieving family members accept the offer of public funeral services in Australia

Dame Olivia Newton-John with husband John Easterling (PA Archives)

The grieving family of Grease star Dame Olivia Newton-John have accepted a state funeral service in her memory in Australia.

The singer and actress, best known for playing Sandy in the hit 1978 film alongside John Travolta, died Monday at her California home at the age of 73.

On Thursday, the government of the state of Victoria, Australia, confirmed that its offer for a state funeral had been accepted, with Prime Minister Daniel Andrews discussing plans with Dame Olivia’s niece, Tottie Goldsmith.

He said: “It will be more of a concert than a funeral, I think it will be a celebration of such a rich and generous life.

“As I said the other day, Olivia Newton-John was a very special person and taking her cancer journey and turning it into more research, better treatment, better care and that focus on well- to be, is such an incredible legacy and that’s why I think we all feel the pain of his passing.

Although born in Britain, the star considered herself Australian after moving to Melbourne aged six.

In addition to her hit role on Grease, Dame Olivia was also a multi-platinum selling artist and a passionate advocate for better cancer care.

Olivia Newton-John has died aged 73

Olivia-NewtonJohn.jpg: Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta at Grease's 40th anniversary (AFP via Getty Images)

Olivia-NewtonJohn.jpg: Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta at Grease’s 40th anniversary (AFP via Getty Images)

Olivia-NewtonJohn.jpg: Olivia Newton-John on the set of Grease in Los Angeles, 1977 (AP)

Olivia-NewtonJohn.jpg: Olivia Newton-John on the set of Grease in Los Angeles, 1977 (AP)

Olivia-NewtonJohn.jpg: John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the film Two of a Kind, released in 1983 (AFP via Getty Images)

Olivia-NewtonJohn.jpg: John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the film Two of a Kind, released in 1983 (AFP via Getty Images)

Olivia-NewtonJohn.jpg: Olivia Newton-John Auctions Her Iconic Outfit

Olivia-NewtonJohn.jpg: Olivia Newton-John auctions off her iconic “bad Sandy” outfit (Getty Images)

Olivia-NewtonJohn.jpg: Olivia Newton-John attends the Wellness Walk and Research Runon in Australia (Getty Images)

Olivia-NewtonJohn.jpg: Olivia Newton-John attends the Wellness Walk and Research Runon in Australia (Getty Images)

Olivia-NewtonJohn.jpg: Olivia Newton-John performs at the Hollywood Christmas Parade in 2016 (AFP via Getty Images)

Olivia-NewtonJohn.jpg: Olivia Newton-John performs at the Hollywood Christmas Parade in 2016 (AFP via Getty Images)

She founded the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research and Wellness Center in Melbourne in 2012. The family have asked the center for donations in lieu of flowers for fans wishing to pay their respects.

In a moving tribute on Wednesday, the star’s husband said the couple’s love “transcends our understanding.”

John Easterling said Dame Olivia was “the bravest woman I have ever known” and her caring nature “almost eclipses what is humanly possible”.

Her daughter Chloe Lattanzi also posted a tribute and accompanying video to her mother, describing her as “an angel on earth.”

“You are my star mom. My safe place. My heart space,” she wrote on Instagram. “It has been my honor and continues to be my honor to be your baby and your best friend.

Following news of her death, film and music personalities including John Travolta, Dolly Parton, Sir Elton John and Kylie Minogue paid tribute to Dame Olivia.

The cast of the current production of Grease The Musical in London’s West End also dedicated the rest of the run to his memory and said they were honored to “follow in his footsteps every night”.

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