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Olivia Newton-John's Sister Loses Battle with Brain Cancer

Image courtesy of Rona Newton-John, left; Gregory Pace/FilmMagic (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Rona Newton-John, left; Gregory Pace/FilmMagic (via ABC News Radio)

In April, Olivia Newton-John announced that she would postpone a planned residency in Las Vegas to spend time with her older sister Rona, who had been diagnosed with brain cancer.  Now, Olivia has announced the sad news that 69-year-old Rona has passed away.

On her Facebook page, Olivia writes, " My beautiful sister Rona sadly passed on May 24th in Los Angeles. It was May 25th in Australia -- which was our mother Irene's birthday. Rona died of a very aggressive brain tumor and mercifully suffered no pain." 

Olivia adds that her sister 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."

The singer, herself a breast cancer survivor, adds that in lieu of flowers, Rona's family would like donations to be sent to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center , where a program will be started in Rona's name.

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