Jane Seymour on Tuesday shared what transpired during the final moments she spent with her close friend, Olivia Newton-John.
Jane Seymour appeared on Today and Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday. She noted Olivia Newton-John’s authenticity and contributions to the fight against cancer.
“She showed that you can be … the full package,” Seymour said on Today. “You can be a good wife, a good mother, an amazing superstar, and you could be an icon of philanthropy.
When Jane Seymour later appeared on Entertainment Tonight, she reflected further.
“She was beyond a fighter. She always said she’s a thriver,” Jane Seymour said. ”That was her word, ‘Not a survivor, a thriver.’ And I think she taught me and everyone I know so much about living with and passing with cancer.”
Olivia Newton-John: A Fighter Until The End
Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer herself in 1992, just as she was primed for a musical comeback. Beating the disease, at least for some time, she went on to become a fierce advocate for breast cancer research and founded the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund for the cause.
Sadly, it was cancer that would eventually end Newton-John’s life. In 2017, her breast cancer had returned and metastasized. On August 8, 2022, her husband John Easterling announced that she had died at their California home in California. She was 73 years old.
Shortly after news broke about Newton-John’s passing, Seymour took to Instagram to share her thoughts and post a photo of the two friends smiling.
“I’m devastated to hear that my dear friend Olivia has passed,” Seymour’s post began.
“She was always a great friend and confidant to me. Olivia inspired everyone with her positive attitude to life and unfailing desire to help others.”
Seymour added in her Monday post: “I had the privilege of meeting her whilst living with her sister Rona when I first moved to the US. We became fast and lifelong friends. She was not only a brilliant musician, actress, and singer but a wonderful mother, wife, and sister. The world has lost one of its brightest lights. I will never forget you Livvy. Love always Jane.”