Olivia Newton-John: Grease star Barry Pearl breaks down over his longtime friend's death

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Olivia Newton-John's Grease co-star Barry Pearl broke down connected the Today amusement connected Tuesday arsenic helium spoke astir his long-time friend's decease pursuing her 30-year conflict with bosom cancer. 

The Australian histrion died peacefully astatine the property of 73 astatine her location successful Southern California connected Monday morning, surrounded by household and friends. Her hubby John Easterling announced her decease connected her Facebook page. 

Pearl, 72, who played Frenchy's fellow 'Doody' successful Grease implicit 4 decades ago, cried arsenic helium recalled the past connection helium sent to his beloved person anterior to her passing to Aussie meal TV hosts Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon. 

'I had conscionable written to Olivia, this was astir a week oregon truthful ago,' Pearl wept. 

The histrion said he'd heard from a workfellow that Olivia was 'failing again' and 'it wasn't going to beryllium long' until she passed distant and helium decided to get successful interaction earlier it was excessively late. 

'I took it upon myself to constitute to her, arsenic we would occasionally stock emails amongst each different - [with] the different Grease-er pals too,' helium explained. 

Olivia Newton-John's Grease co-star Barry Pearl, 72, broke down connected Australian meal tv connected Tuesday pursuing the tragic quality of her decease aged 73. He is pictured connected Today discussing Olivia's death  

Pearl, who played 'Doody' successful Grease implicit 4 decades ago, couldn't fell his tears arsenic helium recalled the past connection he'd ever sent to his beloved person anterior to her passing. Pictured are Grease stars L-R:  Didi Conn, Barry Pearl, Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta successful 2018

'She would ever motion her emails, '"With emotion and light, Olivia". And I wrote to her - fundamentally if you work betwixt the lines she would beryllium capable to archer that I knew determination was thing going connected - and I fundamentally said that, "On your travel forward, simply cognize that you, Olivia , are the emotion and the light'',' helium continued. 

The American prima described his connection arsenic 'profound and true', adding: 'She conscionable ever exuded that positivity. Just the mode she handled this travel with grace. Her bosom was truthful big.' 

Pearl famously played Doody, 1 of the 3 T-birds, a pack of teen boys who attended Rydell High School, successful the 1978 movie mentation of Grease.   

Pearl famously played Doody, 1 of the 3 T-birds, a pack of teen boys who attended Rydell High School, successful the 1978 movie mentation of Grease 

He went connected to look connected plentifulness of TV shows implicit the years, including Beverly Hills, 90210, Baywatch, Criminal Minds and more. 

Like his Grease co-star Didi Conn, Barry returned to the franchise for Grease: Live, this clip playing the relation of Mr. Stan Weaver.

While helium ne'er rather reached the heights of Grease again, Pearl went connected to go an acting teacher. 

Olivia (left, arsenic Sandy) shared galore scenes with Pearl successful Grease. They are seen present filming the last philharmonic sequence   

Olivia got her large interruption successful the 1978 movie philharmonic arsenic bully 2 shoes teen Sandy Olsen - successful which she starred other John Travolta's hunky atrocious lad Danny Zuko - and originated the caller opus 'Hopelessly Devoted To You'. 

Among the archetypal to wage tribute to her connected Monday was Travolta. 

He wrote: 'My dearest Olivia, you made each of our lives truthful overmuch better. Your interaction was incredible. I emotion you truthful much.'

He added: 'We volition spot you down the roadworthy and we volition each beryllium unneurotic again. Yours from the archetypal infinitesimal I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!' 

The Grease prima died with loved ones by her broadside astatine her ranch location successful Southern California on Monday. 

Her husband John Easterling announced the heartbreaking quality on Facebook, writing: 'We inquire that everyone delight respect the family’s privateness during this precise hard time.'

Olivia tied the knot with John successful 2008, and helium appealed for donations to her crab foundation successful her memory. 

He added connected the post: 'Olivia has been a awesome of triumphs and anticipation for implicit 30 years sharing her travel with bosom cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering acquisition with works medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching works medicine and cancer.'

Grease prima John Travolta (right, with Olivia successful 2018) led the personage tributes to Olivia pursuing her death

'In lieu of flowers, the household asks that immoderate donations beryllium made successful her representation to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund (ONJFoundationFund.org).'

John concluded: 'Olivia is survived by her hubby John Easterling; girl Chloe Lattanzi; sister Sarah Newton-John; member Toby Newton-John; nieces and nephews Tottie, Fiona and Brett Goldsmith; Emerson, Charlie, Zac, Jeremy, Randall, and Pierz Newton-John; Jude Newton-Stock, Layla Lee; Kira and Tasha Edelstein; and Brin and Valerie Hall.'

Following the heartbreaking news, respective different stars from astir the satellite joined successful connected paying tribute to Olivia. 

Actress Mandy Moore shared a achromatic and achromatic photograph of the star, with the caption 'Thank you for the joyousness you brought countless radical astir the world.' 

George Takei besides paid tribute to the actress, penning connected Twitter: 'We person mislaid a great, iconic creator successful Olivia Newton John, gone excessively soon from america astatine property 73.' 

Travolta was among the archetypal to wage tribute, writing: 'My dearest Olivia, you made each of our lives truthful overmuch better. Your interaction was incredible. I emotion you truthful much'

Actress Mandy Moore shared a achromatic and achromatic photograph of the star, with the caption 'Thank you for the joyousness you brought countless radical astir the world'

Singer Richard Marx posted photos of himself with the precocious actress, writing: 'My bosom is broken. Rest now, saccharine friend'

'I spot she is present is the large Xanadu beyond. Know that we are everlastingly helplessly devoted to you, Olivia. Rest successful opus and mirth.'

Singer Richard Marx posted photos of himself on with the precocious actress, writing: 'My bosom is broken. Rest now, saccharine friend. You were arsenic benignant and loving a idiosyncratic arsenic there’s ever been. I’ll miss you each day.' 

Singer Dionne Warwick wrote 'Another angelic dependable has been added to the Heavenly Choir. Not lone was Olivia a beloved friend, but 1 of the nicest radical I had the pleasance of signaling and performing with. I volition astir decidedly miss her. She present Rests successful the Arms of the Heavenly Father.' 

Brooke Shields shared a beauteous achromatic and achromatic photograph of her and Olivia to Instagram, writing: 'A existent people enactment whose airy shines everyplace she went... she inspired america all'

George Takei besides paid tribute to the actress, penning connected Twitter: 'We person mislaid a great, iconic creator successful Olivia Newton John'

Singer Dionne Warwick wrote 'Another angelic dependable has been added to the Heavenly Choir' 

Dancing With The Stars pro Petra Murgatroyd wrote: 'This has done maine implicit today. An Aussie icon and legend, determination volition ne'er beryllium another. This is truthful tragic. RIP the beloved Sandy'

Broke Shields shared a beauteous achromatic and achromatic photograph of her and Olivia to Instagram, writing: 'A existent people enactment whose airy shines everyplace she went... she inspired america all.'

'A fantastic parent and wife, who was grace and spot personified. Sending each of my emotion to Olivias household and friends. She'll ne'er beryllium forgotten.

Dancing With The Stars pro Petra Murgatroyd shared an Instagram Story, writing: 'This has done maine implicit today. An Aussie icon and legend, determination volition ne'er beryllium another. This is truthful tragic. RIP the beloved Sandy. 

Actress Elle Fanning posted a beauteous photograph of the prima writing: 'Forever icon'

Actress Gabrielle Union shared a drawback of Olivia from Grease

Fellow Australian prima Rebel Wilson wrote 'You were a existent icon and I perfectly adored you!' 

Sad news: Comedian Rosie O'Donnell, 60, took to Instagram and TikTok with a video expressing her sadness astatine the news

Actress Elle Fanning posted a beauteous photograph of the prima writing: 'Forever icon' while  Gabrielle Union shared a drawback of Olivia from Grease. 

Fellow Australian prima Rebel Wilson wrote 'You were a existent icon and I perfectly adored you!' 

Comedian Rosie O'Donnell, 60, took to Instagram and TikTok with a video expressing her sadness astatine the news.

'Oh boy, conscionable heard astir Olivia Newton-John. What a large pistillate she was. She fought agelong and hard. She had crab a while.'

Olivia's girl Chloe Lattanzi, 36, shared a fig of touching photos of the 2 of them connected her Instagram profile

Another drawback saw Olivia holding Chloe erstwhile she was a baby

One photograph showed the 2 women smiling arsenic they took a selfie together

Chloe besides shared a photograph wherever some her and Olivia looked incredibly dressed up and smiled for the camera 

In different photograph Olivia looked proudly astatine her girl arsenic they did an interrogation together

'I loved her, I astir bought her location successful Florida. It didn't spell done but... she was amazing, and I person her. It's precise sad. Rest successful Peace, beauteous woman.'

Olivia's girl Chloe Lattanzi, 36, shared a fig of touching photos of the 2 of them connected her Instagram profile. One achromatic and achromatic drawback featured a young Chloe giving her parent a kiss.

Another drawback saw Olivia holding Chloe erstwhile she was a baby, portion yet different photograph showed the 2 women smiling arsenic they took a selfie together. 

Chloe besides shared a photograph wherever Olivia looked proudly astatine her arsenic they did an interrogation together.  

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta successful the iconic 1978 movie Grease that catapulted her career

Newton-John famously resisted the portion of Sandy successful the 1978 movie Grease. She was 28 astatine the clip and thought she was excessively aged to play a fresh-faced precocious schoolhouse student

Newton-John's hubby John Easterling announced her decease connected her Facebook leafage connected Monday; Pictured 2019

A Facebook station read: 'We inquire that everyone delight respect the family’s privateness during this precise hard time' 

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