| 10.08,22. 08:40 PM |
Sydney Opera House glows pink in honour of Olivia Newton-John
The renowned sails of the Sydney Opera House are glowing pink in honour of the Australian icon Olivia Newton-John. (Dominic Perrottet)
The renowned sails of the Sydney Opera House are glowing pink in honour of the Australian icon Olivia Newton-John.
The beloved UK-born Australian star's death, aged 73, sparked a wave of mourning across the entertainment industry and beyond.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said lighting up the landmark is how the state can recognise Newton-John's contribution to cancer research and awareness.
"Olivia Newton-John touched the hearts of so many people around the world with her music as well as her compassion and kindness - particularly toward people living with cancer," Perrottet said.
"She radiated with positivity in her lifetime and now our most famous performance space will shine in her honour."
Arts Minister Ben Franklin said Newton-John was an "arts icon" who has inspired generations of Australians and will continue to inspire those in the future.
"For decades Olivia Newton-John inspired Australians with her artistic ability and unrelenting courage," Franklin said.
.."It is a touching tribute that the Sydney Opera House, a venue she performed at many times, will tonight be cloaked pink in her honour."
It comes as landmarks across Melbourne glowed pink on Tuesday evening to pay tribute to the star, who passed away in her California ranch after a years-long battle with cancer.
Her niece, Totti Goldsmith, confirmed late on Tuesday the family would accept an offer of a state funeral in Victoria to farewell the entertainment icon.