Olivia Newton-John ‘in shock’ as nurse who cared for her amid cancer battle dies

Olivia Newton-John shared a photo with Emma Cohen (Picture: Instagram/Olivia Newton-John)

Olivia Newton-John has paid tribute after the death of Emma Cohen, the ‘very special’ nurse who took care of her amid her battle with cancer.

The Grease star said she’s ‘in shock’ and ‘saddened’ by the news, as she shared a sweet photo of the pair of them when she was a patient on Cohen’s unit.

Cohen, who was the chair of the board of Cancer Nurses Society of Australia, is reported to have died ‘after a short illness’.

Newton-John wrote: ‘My heart is still in shock and so saddened to learn of the sudden loss of the very special Emma Cohen. Emma took care of me at a very vulnerable time in my life when I was a patient on her unit at the @onjcancercentre in 2018.

‘She ensured my stay was safe and comfortable, always had practical advice for me, showed strong leadership skills and had a great sense of humor.

‘She was a bright, energetic and powerful woman with a huge future ahead of her, and we connected on our mission to help patients on their cancer journey.

‘Emma had such a generous spirit and a warm and loving heart – I will miss seeing her lovely face at the Centre and send my love and deepest condolences to her friends and family.

‘(Photo is with Emma in my room at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in 2018.)’.

Fans and friends are heartbroken for her, with one writing: ‘Oh, no. I’m so very sorry to hear of this loss for you, her family and the Centre. My sympathies 🙏🏼’.

Sending all of my love to her family and the staff at the center,’ another wrote, while one more said: ‘I’m so sorry to read this Olivia.’

The actress, 72, battled cancer in 1992 and again in 2013 before it returned at the end of 2018.

Newton-John, who’s best known for her role as Sandy in Grease, recently said she’s doing well (Picture: FilmMagic)

Earlier this year, she explained that she’s doing well despite having stage-four cancer, which has metastasised. 

She told Alex Jones on The One Show: ‘Oh no, I’m fine, I just – listen, I was dealing with metastatic breast cancer for the last seven years but I feel great. 

‘Every day is a gift and I feel really wonderful. I’m using a lot of plant medicine and medicinal cannabis that my husband grows for me, and I am feeling wonderful.’

Newton-John previously revealed she doesn’t want to be told how long the life expectancy is for people in her position.

She told 60 Minutes: ‘I’m so lucky that I’ve been through this three times and I’m still here. I’m living with it.

‘When you’re given a cancer diagnosis or a scary illness diagnosis, you are suddenly given a possibility of a time limit. 

‘The truth is, you could get hit by a truck tomorrow, you don’t know so every day is a gift, particularly now. 

‘If you believe the statistics, you’re going to make them happen. If somebody tells you, “you have six months to live”, very possibly you will – because you believe that.’

Macmillan cancer support

If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with cancer, Macmillan can offer support and information.

You can contact their helpline on 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week from 8am to 8pm), use their webchat service, or visit their site for more information.

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