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Dolly Parton sad to have lost ‘my special friend’ Dame Olivia Newton-John

Dolly Parton sad to have lost ‘my special friend’ Dame Olivia Newton-John (Yui Mok/PA)
Dolly Parton sad to have lost ‘my special friend’ Dame Olivia Newton-John (Yui Mok/PA)

Dolly Parton says she is so sad to have lost her “special friend” Dame Olivia Newton-John, following her death aged 73.

The US country legend said she was “so happy that our lives crossed paths” as she joined those paying tribute to the actress and singer online.

The British-born singer died “peacefully” at her ranch in southern California on Monday morning, surrounded by family and friends, her widower confirmed.

After the news broke, famous names from the worlds of television, film and music took to social media to share memories and send condolences to her family.

Sir Elton John, Mariah Carey, and Gwyneth Paltrow were among those remembering the “beautiful and courageous actress”.

“So sad to have lost my special friend Olivia Newton-John,” Parton wrote in a statement.

“So happy that our lives crossed paths. I know her voice is singing beautifully with the angels.

“With Love, Dolly.”

Sharing a picture of the pair on Instagram, Hollywood star Paltrow wrote: “Olivia Newton John, I hope you know what you meant to us.

“You were a huge inspiration in many ways. I think I believed We Are Magic because of you.”

Rebel Wilson described Dame Olivia as “the most gorgeous woman inside and out” and “a true Aussie icon”.

The Australian comedian and actress said it had been “beyond an honour” to play her daughter Chloe Lattanzi in A Few Best Men.

“Seeing you star in the huge Hollywood blockbuster GREASE with your natural accent was so instrumental to me as a little girl, helping me to believe that it was possible for an Aussie girl to star in huge international musicals.

“You were the reason I auditioned for my high school production of GREASE at 15 – I was only in the chorus, but it was a start! You tried to teach me about health years before I took it seriously.

“You were so kind to me and it was such a blessing to know you Olivia.

“I’ll never forget us singing at the piano in our lunch break on set together – what a complete legend you are! I am so sad you are gone.”

Veteran singer Sir Elton shared a collection of photos of him and Dame Olivia together on Instagram as he remembered his “warm and loving friend”.

He wrote: “The saddest of news to wake up to. Olivia was a beautiful and courageous woman, who I never heard complain about her illness.

“A beautiful voice and a warm and loving friend. I will miss her so much. Condolences to her family and loved ones.”