Rona Newton-John Dies at 70

Rona and Olivia Newton-John.

Rona and Olivia Newton-John.

Toluca Lake resident Rona Newton-John, Olivia Newton-John’s older sister, has died. The 70-year-old model and actress was diagnosed with brain cancer last month. She passed away on May 24 in Los Angeles according to a Facebook post.

Rona appeared on shows like The Benny Hill Show, UFO, and Sordid Lives. She was married to Olivia’s Grease co-star Jeff Conaway from 1980 to 1985.

“My beautiful sister Rona sadly passed on May 24. 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. She was surrounded by the love of her four children – Fiona, Brett, Tottie, and Emerson and her wonderful friends,” Olivia said.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked donations be sent to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre. A brain tumor fund will be set up in Rona’s memory and the funds will go to helping people battling the disease.

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