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Olivia Newton-John squashes rumors about being 'close to death' in a video clip tweet

Junie Sihlangu
Jan 29, 2019
10:22 A.M.
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Actress Olivia Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. In 2013, she found out she had cancer in her shoulder. And her third diagnosis was revealed last year in September.

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After her third diagnosis, “Radar Online” published an article claiming she was close to death. At the beginning of this month, the actress took to Twitter to address the rumors.

Olivia Newton-John, 70, took to social media to reassure her fans that she was doing well despite the rumors that claimed she was close to dying. The star, who is well-known for playing Sandy in “Grease” with John Travolta in the seventies, recorded a short video to address the rumors.

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In the clip she started off by wishing everyone a good year and refuting the claims against her saying:

"Happy New Year everyone, this is Olivia Newton-John and I just want to say that the rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated, to quote a very famous quote.”

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She then concluded:

"And I am doing great and want to wish all of you the happiest, healthiest 2019 as possible and thank you all for your wonderful love and support for me and for my Olivia Newton-John cancer wellness center in Melbourne, Australia. Thank you so much, Happy New Year."

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Before releasing the video, Newton-John’s manager Michael Caprio had responded to the rumors. “Radar Online” was the first publication to hint at the near-death allegations.

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The site had claimed that an insider had told them that "Olivia's bodily functions appear to be shutting down, but she refuses to let go until she makes it through [her daughter] Chloe's wedding day." Caprio disagreed saying: "You might want to get better sources versus reading tabloids."

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In 1992, after being diagnosed with breast cancer, the actress underwent chemotherapy and a mastectomy before being declared cancer-free. Then in 2013, she found out that she had cancer in her shoulder.

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In September last year, she revealed that revealed the breast cancer had spread to the base of her spine. Speaking about her recent diagnosis on Australian TV's “Sunday Night,” she said:

"I'd be lying if I said I never [get scared]. There are moments, I'm human. If I allowed myself to go there, I could easily create that big fear. But my husband's always there, and he's there to support me. I believe I will win over it. That's my goal."

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While at the Cirque du Soleil premiere Newton-John’s friend Didi Conn recently gave a positive update on the actress saying:

"I spoke to her right away! I was on the 'Lorraine' show when that came out and I had just heard from her the day before I knew there was nothing, god forbid, I did have a shock but I'd just heard from her so I called her right away. She's doing well, she's doing great. She's got the best husband. She walks the walk. She's a spiritual person and she's in a good place and all of the signs are positive."

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