Olivia Newton-John’s heartbroken daughter Chloe Lattanzi could barely hold back tears as she spoke about her late mum’s enduring legacy during a live TV interview.
Lattanzi, 36, spoke to the Today Show’s Richard Wilkins from her home in California as Melbourne residents prepared to honour the Xanadu singer with the inaugural Walk for Wellness event.
“It’s so beautiful to see how many people have come out in support of my mum,” Lattanzi said through tears.
“John and I are there in spirit. But we just needed to take some time to grieve.”
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Newton-John’s Walk for Wellness event raises funds for the Olivia Newton-John centre, which provides support and treatment for cancer patients.
Lattanzi said the treatment centre gave her mum purpose and was her lifeblood during the Grease star’s own decades-long cancer battle.
“This was her heart. This was what she lived for. She saw the benefits of holistic treatments and acupuncture and music therapy,” Lattanzi explained.
“She wanted people to have access to all of those things.”
As she remembered her mum’s incredible legacy, Lattanzi apologised for being “shaky” as she battled her raw emotions.
“She is an angel. She was absolutely magical. All she wanted to do was good in the world,” she added.
“She didn’t care about the fame or anything like that. Her mission was helping people and animals. I am beyond proud [of her].”
Newton-John died at age 73 in the early hours of August 8, 2022, surrounded by family on her ranch in California.
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She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 at the age of 43.
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During her cancer battle, the Australian-born actress helped found the Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre.
Her aim was to ensure other cancer patients would have access to world-class treatments and expert specialists.
The Walk for Wellness, a 5km walk which raises funds for the centre, takes place around one of Newton-John’s favourite Melbourne spots.
Today’s event is the first since her death in August.
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