Newton-John’s image was also beamed onto the side of Fed Square, an arts and culture venue in Melbourne’s city center.
Newton-John survived two bouts of breast cancer, one in the early 1990s, the other in 2017. In September 2018 she revealed that she was once again fighting cancer, this time at the base of her spine.
Despite her struggles, Newton-John maintained a positive outlook.
“With more and more people affected by cancer every day, I believe we are in a world desperate for healing, and I’m committed to doing whatever I can to help.”
Following her death, the organization said in a statement that Newton-John’s “generous support and gift provided hope and changed the lives of thousands of cancer patients.”
Hours after her death, Andrews said the state would talk to Newton-John’s family about the possibility of a state funeral. Newton-John’s niece Tottie Goldsmith later told CNN affiliate Nine Network they planned to give their approval.
Details of the funeral have yet to be announced or confirmed by the premier’s office.