Meet the stars who have battled cancer

Olivia Newton-John, 'Grease' star and singer, dies at 73 after 30-year battle with cancer

Stars Insider

09/08/22 | StarsInsider


Olivia Newton-John, the legend from 'Grease' and the famed 'Physical' singer, has passed away at the age of 73, following a three-decade-long battle with breast cancer. She first discovered the disease in 1992, and since then she had dedicated a great part of her life to supporting research and treatment.

"Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer," her husband wrote along with the news of her passing on August 8. "Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the @onjfoundation." 

It's estimated that 10 million people die of cancer every year, and nearly twice as many people are diagnosed with the disease. It's an incredibly common and often devastating illness that has touched most of us in one way or another. Even still, it's surprising to learn just how many famous faces have battled cancer. Thankfully, many of them have lived to tell the tale and inspire us with their perseverance in the face of such adversity. 

Click through the gallery to learn more about the stars who won their battles with cancer, the ones who have not won the fight yet, and the unlucky few who ultimately lost theirs.

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