Olivia Newton-John’s heartbreak as her brother Hugh dies after ‘long decline’

Olivia Newton-John announced on Friday that her brother, Melbourne-based physician Hugh Newton-John, died earlier this month. 

The 70-year-old Grease star revealed the heartbreaking news in an Instagram post.

While Hugh’s cause of death is not yet known, the Australian singer told her followers that he’d suffered ‘many years of decline’. 

'I will miss him terribly': A heartbroken Olivia Newton-John revealed on Friday that her brother Hugh had died 'after many years of decline'. Pictured on September 16, 2018 in Melbourne

'I will miss him terribly': A heartbroken Olivia Newton-John revealed on Friday that her brother Hugh had died 'after many years of decline'. Pictured on September 16, 2018 in Melbourne

‘I will miss him terribly’: A heartbroken Olivia Newton-John revealed on Friday that her brother Hugh had died ‘after many years of decline’. Pictured on September 16, 2018 in Melbourne

Olivia shared a collage of photos of Hugh taken over the years, alongside an emotional caption announcing his death.  

She wrote: ‘My dear, sweet, gentle, clever brother Hugh passed away May 7, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia after many years of decline.

‘I love him so and will miss him terribly. Love and light, Olivia.’ 

Tribute: The 70-year-old Grease star shared a collage of photos of Hugh taken over the years (above), alongside an emotional caption announcing his death

Tribute: The 70-year-old Grease star shared a collage of photos of Hugh taken over the years (above), alongside an emotional caption announcing his death

Tribute: The 70-year-old Grease star shared a collage of photos of Hugh taken over the years (above), alongside an emotional caption announcing his death

Olivia also shared a statement from several professors from the Burnet Institute, an Australian medical research institute. 

‘Sadly, Hugh Newton-John died recently after a long battle with debility and decline,’ the statement began.

‘Hugh was a well-respected infectious diseases clinician at Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital in Melbourne during the 1970s and ’80s where his lively personality, sharp intellect and amazing ability to reassess complex infectious diseases was highly regarded.’

The professors went on to credit Hugh for his dedication in the field. 

They continued: ‘Recent years have not been kind to Hugh, but although he is now at peace, his memory and legacy will live on among those who worked and trained with him and the many patients who benefited from his fabulous care.’  

Battling cancer: News of Hugh's death comes after it was revealed in September last year that Olivia is battling cancer for the third time. Pictured in January 2018

Battling cancer: News of Hugh's death comes after it was revealed in September last year that Olivia is battling cancer for the third time. Pictured in January 2018

Battling cancer: News of Hugh’s death comes after it was revealed in September last year that Olivia is battling cancer for the third time. Pictured in January 2018

News of Hugh’s death comes after it was revealed in September last year that Olivia is battling cancer for a third time. 

The four-time Grammy winner was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, undergoing a partial mastectomy and reconstruction.

Olivia battled cancer for a second time in 2013, but kept the illness private.   

Health problems: The four-time Grammy winner was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, undergoing a partial mastectomy and reconstruction. Olivia battled cancer for a second time in 2013, but kept the illness private. Pictured in Los Angeles in August 2018

Health problems: The four-time Grammy winner was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, undergoing a partial mastectomy and reconstruction. Olivia battled cancer for a second time in 2013, but kept the illness private. Pictured in Los Angeles in August 2018

Health problems: The four-time Grammy winner was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, undergoing a partial mastectomy and reconstruction. Olivia battled cancer for a second time in 2013, but kept the illness private. Pictured in Los Angeles in August 2018 

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