Olivia Newton-John's Sister Rona Dies

Antoinette Bueno
May 30, 2013
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Olivia Newton-John's older sister Rona Newton-John has passed away after a battle with breast cancer.

Rona died on what would be May 25th in Australia -- which was their mother Irene's birthday.

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"My beautiful sister Rona sadly passed on May 24th in Los Angeles," Olivia wrote on her Facebook. "Rona died of a very aggressive brain tumor and mercifully suffered no pain. She was surrounded by the love of her four children – Fiona, Brett, Tottie and Emerson, and her wonderful friends. I will miss her forever – my beautiful, smart, talented, funny, brave sister Rona."

Rona, who's six years older than Olivia, 64, was also an actress. Olivia suffered her own cancer battle -- breast cancer -- in the early 1990s. She has since been free of the disease after undergoing treatment and a mastectomy.

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Olivia, who postponed her Las Vegas residency at the Flamingo hotel to be with her family when Rona was first diagnosed, announced plans to start a brain tumor wellness program to honor her beloved sister.

"In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to the ONJCWC where a brain tumor wellness program will be started in her name," Olivia wrote. "Thank you all for your kind words of love and support."

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