Olivia's family hits back at near-death claims
OLIVIA Newton John gave her niece Tottie Goldsmith permission to speak about her health in an attempt to shut down "sick rumours" she was dying.
Goldsmith told the Seven Network she had been allowed to speak publicly about her famous aunt, who is battling cancer for the third time.
It came after US and Australian gossip publications claimed unnamed sources told them her body was "shutting down" and had only "weeks" to live.
But Goldsmith, 56, ended the speculation by confirming the stories were untrue.
"You can rest assured she is going nowhere and in really good health. A sick rumour," she said.
She later posted a photo of herself and Newton John smiling and embracing with the caption: "Just giving you the heads up that Livvy is in good health, so let's leave that distressing rumour where it belongs."
Some Australian media outlets seized on the unconfirmed reports, sparking a frenzy of activity on social media from her worried fans.
The local website Now To Love claims that people close to Newton-John, 70, say she is struggling with her cancer battle and her prognosis is "weeks, not months".
But those in the star's inner-circle have told news.com.au that ONJ is A-OK.
An Australian source said Newton-John, famed for her role in Grease and a string of musical hits, is perfectly well and had enjoyed the Christmas and New Year period.
Her American representative Michael Caprio laughed when contacted by news.com.au, saying reports of his client's imminent demise were "hilarious".
"No she has not," Mr Caprio said. "You might want to get better sources versus reading tabloids."
It's understood the Radar Online story followed a report in the dubious tabloid National Enquirer, which touted a "tragic world exclusive" late last month.
"THE END," its headline read. "Losing third fight with cancer; going home to die on her ranch."
Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and managed to beat it. A second occurrence in 2013, that time in her shoulder, was kept a secret from the world.
In 2017, she decided to go public with her third battle and spoke of her mix of treatments - radiation as well as more natural remedies, as well as cannabis oil.
"So he [her husband] makes me tinctures. It's hard to say, they help with pain.
"I'm very lucky that I live in a state where it's legal and that I have a husband that is a plant-medicine man.
"My dream is that, in Australia soon, it will be available to all the cancer patients and people going through cancer that causes pain."
In an appearance on Channel 7's Sunrise, Newton-John said she was keeping positive.
"I have no pain and life is wonderful," she said. "I'm treating it naturally and doing really well."
Her initial battle inspired her to open the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, which works to find breakthroughs and treatments.
It also operates the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness Centre, which provides world-leading treatment complemented by wellness programs and clinical trials.
The claims about her health swirling today, which again her spokesman has strongly denied, have prompted an outpouring of shock and grief from fans.