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Camilla Franks pays tribute to Olivia Newton John, who helped her through her own cancer battle

Fashion designer Camilla Franks pays a heartfelt tribute to her “angel” Olivia Newton John, who helped her through her cancer: “I needed a light and you were there.”

  • Camilla Franks, 46, has offered heartfelt thanks to the late Olivia Newton John
  • Olivia died Monday at her California home after a 30-year battle with cancer
  • The fashion designer said Olivia was an inspiration during her own health struggles
  • In 2018 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which led to a double mastectomy
  • She underwent chemotherapy and had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed
  • Camilla said “angel” Olivia would “reach out” despite her own health struggles.

Fashion designer Camilla Franks has paid a touching tribute to Olivia Newton John, who helped her through her own battle with cancer after the actress’ death.

Camilla said “angel” Olivia was an “inspiration” who “gave her hope” and “held her hand” during her own health struggles with breast cancer, which resulted in a double mastectomy and the removal of her ovaries and fallopian tubes.

She is now in remission.

The 46-year-old took to Instagram to pay tribute to the late Grease actress and singer with pictures of the couple at Olivia’s very last concert two years ago, where she wore one of Camilla’s designs on stage.

It will come to light next week at the Gaia Retreat & Spa – once owned by Olivia light a candle and say goodbye and thank you.

Fashion designer Camilla Franks (right) paid tribute to the late Olivia Newton John (left), who she says was an

Fashion designer Camilla Franks (right) paid tribute to the late Olivia Newton John (left), who she says was an “inspiration” and helped her through her own battle with cancer

The 46-year-old said

The 46-year-old said “angel” Olivia “gave her hope” and “held her hand” during her own health struggles with breast cancer, which led to a double mastectomy and the removal of her ovaries

The beloved Aussie star died Monday at her home in Southern California at the age of 73 after a 30-year battle with cancer.

“For once in my life I needed guidance Olivia, you were there. my inspiration Always reach out and check in, even during your own battles that you have fought so bravely and with such grace,” Camilla wrote in the post.

“You sent me lotions and potions (which I sometimes misunderstood). you gave me hope you held my hand You have been my inspiration and always will be.’

She took to Instagram to pay tribute to the actress and singer with pictures of the pair at Olivia's last concert two years ago, where she wore one of Camilla's designs on stage

She took to Instagram to pay tribute to the actress and singer with pictures of the pair at Olivia’s last concert two years ago, where she wore one of Camilla’s designs on stage

Olivia Newton John, 73, dies after 30 years battling cancer

Olivia’s battle with breast cancer first began in 1992 when she was just 44 years old.

She has been very open about her diagnosis and treatment, which notoriously involved the use of medical marijuana.

The actress famously beat breast cancer twice but was re-diagnosed in 2017.

Despite the gruesome toll the disease took on her life — including being crippled for a period — Olivia continued to perform, including a 2018 tour of the United States.

She has spent the last few years at home campaigning for animal rights and raising money online for her charity.

She was also a strong campaigner for the use of medicinal cannabis for treatment in Australia.

The Grease star died in Southern California on the morning of August 8 at the age of 73.

Olivia’s death was announced by her husband John Easterling on their social media pages on Monday.

Easterling said his wife died at their home in Southern California surrounded by family and friends.

“Dame Olivia Newton-John, 73, died peacefully this morning at her Southern California ranch surrounded by family and friends,” he wrote.

“We ask everyone to respect the privacy of the family at this very difficult time.

“A symbol of triumph and hope for over 30 years, Olivia shares her journey with breast cancer.

“Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicines continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund dedicated to research into plant medicines and cancer,” he added.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked for donations to their cancer charity, the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund.

The designer went on to say that Olivia is “selfless and kind” and that her heart goes out to her family at this difficult time.

“You were one of the true earth angels in this world and I will always miss and love you,” she said.

“The world is heartbroken because your heart broke down barriers around the world. What a gift to be in your life and experience your magic.”

Just four months after giving birth to their daughter Luna in 2018, Camilla was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer.

Camilla was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer just four months after giving birth to her daughter Luna (pictured) in 2018

Camilla was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer just four months after giving birth to her daughter Luna (pictured) in 2018

She uncovered a lump while breastfeeding four-year-old Luna, who she shares with fiancé JP Jones.

After childbirth, a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery, Camilla underwent six months of “intense” chemotherapy.

She later removed her fallopian tubes and then her ovaries as a preventative measure.

After childbirth, a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery, Camilla underwent six months of

After childbirth, a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery, Camilla underwent six months of “intense” chemotherapy

Camilla has spoken openly about her “heartbreaking” ordeal in the years since her diagnosis.

In 2020, she wrote an open letter to herself in ten years celebrating her good health and reflecting on her “unutterably difficult” journey.

“Her biggest role to date has been the simple title ‘Mama.’ You earned that name in 2018 when Luna Gypsy Jones joined your side of the earth just three months before you were diagnosed with BRCA1…It was a short-lived bliss snatched away so brutally without warning or explanation,” she wrote.

“They have accepted the new title Mum Fighting Breast Cancer. Due to the BRCA1, the big O came into play. Not that, your ovaries. Yes, they should go too. A big point. If you’ve robbed things, you’ll never know again…⁠F*#% you, Cancer.’

Camilla underwent surgery to remove her ovaries in May last year and is believed to be in remission at the moment.

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