Olivia Newton-John is grieving the death of her cancer nurse.
The “Grease” actress shared the tragic news that Emma Cohen, a nurse who works at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research, died in early April.
In an emotional Instagram post, the 72-year-old said that her “heart is still in shock and so saddened to learn of the sudden loss of the very special Emma Cohen.”
Newton-John explained how the nurse had taken care of her “at a vulernable time” when she was a patient at the cancer center 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,” Newton-John said. “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.”
The post featured a picture of the actress and Cohen at the cancer facility.
“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,” Newton-John added.
The actress did not go into details of how Cohen passed away.
A Facebook post from the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia confirmed that Cohen worked for the organization as a board member and said that she died after a “short illness” on April 9.
“Emma was a vibrant and passionate leader, and a fierce and intelligent advocate for the cancer nursing workforce, and her patients,” the CNSA wrote on social media. “Her loss has left a huge gap in our community, and in our hearts.”