Beloved actress Olivia Newton-John is in mourning this week after a tragic family loss. Her brother, Hugh, has passed away.
According to the Daily Mail, Hugh passed away earlier this month after “many years of decline.” His exact cause of death has not yet been revealed.
The 70-year-old “Grease” actress took to social media to announce her brother’s death.
She wrote, “My dear, sweet, gentle, clever brother Hugh passed away May 7, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia after many years of decline. I love him so and will miss him terribly. Love and light, Olivia.”
A statement from the Burnet Institute said, “Sadly, Hugh Newton-John died recently after a long battle with debility and decline. Hugh was a well-respected infectious diseases clinician at Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital in Melbourne during the 1970s and ‘80s where his lively personality, sharp intellect and amazing ability to reassess complex infectious diseases was highly regarded.”
They continued, “Recent years have not been kind to Hugh, but altogether he is now at peace, his memory and legacy will live on among those who worked and trained with him and the many patients who benefited from his fabulous care.”
According to Hello! Magazine, Hugh was also described as “an innovator, an astute clinician and a wonderful teacher and mentor to generations of medical students, residents, and ID trainees.”
This news comes just a few months after four-time Grammy winner Olivia Newton-John revealed that she is battling cancer for the third time in her life.
Please be praying for Olivia and the rest of her family during this time. Share your prayers here! In other recent news, First Lady Melania made an important visit this week.