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Robin Roberts shares emotional tribute to Olivia Newton-John following heartbreaking death

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Robin Roberts, as are millions of fans around the world, is mourning the tragic loss of the iconic Olivia Newton-John, who passed away aged 73 on 8 August.

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The GMA host took to her Instagram Stories to honor the Grease star’s legacy, while acknowledging their shared experience battling breast cancer.

Olivia had previously opened up about her ongoing battle with breast cancer, which her husband, John Easterling, revealed as the cause of death in his heartbreaking statement posted to her Instagram page.

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“Very sad news,” Robin wrote, sharing a black and white photo of Olivia that the Good Morning America Instagram page shared.

She added: “Great admiration for how she bravely faced breast cancer.” The late singer often described herself as a “cancer thriver.” Meanwhile, Robin was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and her longtime partner, Amber Laign, just finished her first round of chemotherapy in late July.

In her tribute to the Hopelessly Devoted To You singer, the morning show host added: “Condolences to her loving family and friends.”

Robin’s heartfelt tribute

The statement announcing her passing said: “Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer.

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“Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer.”

Fans and celebrities alike have rushed to pay tribute to the actress

It detailed that she is survived by her as well as her daughter Chloe Lattanzi with former actor Matt Lattanzi, as well as her sister Sarah Newton-John and her brother Toby Newton-John.

Fans did not hesitate to express sorrow over her passing and recall some of her iconic moments throughout her career. One fan said: “I’m devastated,” while another wrote: “R.I.P. Dear angel. You were a light on this Earth and will be missed,” and a third added: “What a legacy she leaves behind. My condolences.”

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Jennifer Garner is the ultimate style icon in skinny jeans and heels

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Jennifer Garner sparked a sweet fan reaction on Tuesday with a surprising video of herself busting some seriously quirky moves.

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Taking to Instagram, the 50-year-old actress uploaded a hilarious video of herself performing an intricate handshake with comedic actor, King Bach.

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Despite the fast-paced nature of their friendly interaction, Jennifer looked sensational as she sashayed across the balcony in a pair of towering Mary Jane heels.

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Embracing the change in weather, the mum-of-three teamed her nude heels with a pair of ultra-flattering cigarette pants, a black knitted cardigan, a formal white shirt and a smart woollen coat.

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“#FAMILYLEAVE is off to the races! Day 1! @kingbach @netflixfilm,” Jennifer noted in the caption.

Fans heaped praise on the duo, with one writing: “The best handshakers there ever were!” whilst a second remarked: “And in heels impressive.”

“Beyond gorgeous and adorable!” penned a third, and a fourth gushed: “Your energy is contagious! God bless you!”

Jennifer shares three children with her ex-husband Ben Affleck

Jennifer is gearing up for her next Netflix project in the form of family comedy, Family Leave. A brief synopsis shared by the streaming giant reads: “The Brenners wake up to a full family body switch, they quickly realize the same thing has happened to a family on the other side of the world; they must unite with this group of strangers and determine how to undo the body switch.”

The star’s latest social media update comes after the 13 Going on 30 actress stepped out to enjoy a rare public outing with her 17-year-old daughter, Violet.

Dressed up to the nines, the mother-daughter duo attended the state dinner for French President Emmanuel Macron.

Jennifer and Violet looked lovely

Violet looked all grown up in a statement black Carolina Herrera dress which she teamed with bold red heels. Jennifer, meanwhile, slipped into a sleek floor-length gown with ornate detailing around the shoulders.

Stunned by Violet’s glamorous appearance, one Instagram follower wrote: “Your date – my heart skipped a beat when I saw a photo,” while another gushed: “You and Violet looked stunning. What a night for you and her.”

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Al Roker returns to social media with emotional tribute from his NBC co-stars

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Al Roker is currently back in hospital following complications from having blood clots on his lungs.

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The Today star is incredibly missed by his fans and co-stars – and was feeling all the love on Monday.

So much so, that Al – who has been keeping a low profile while he recovers – took to Instagram to re-share a video that his colleagues at NBC had made for him.

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The footage was shared on Al’s Instagram Stories, subtly showing that the star had not only watched it, but was thankful for it.

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NBC News’ Tevin Wooten had been the one to share the heartfelt footage, alongside the message: “The entire weather division at NBC & Telemundo is thinking about our pal, Al Roker.”

Al’s Today co-hosts had also been thinking of him on Monday, and made sure that they didn’t leave him out of their holiday video card.

Al Roker returned to social media to share a heartfelt video from his NBC co-stars

The Love Actually inspired video saw Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Dylan Dreyer, Sheinelle Jones, Craig Melvin and Jenna Bush Hager all take part.

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Not wanting to miss Al, the group included the beloved weatherman by creating cutouts of his face for everyone to hold.

Al’s wife Deborah Roberts, meanwhile, appeared to give a positive update after visiting her husband over the weekend.

Alongside a photo of a coffee cup, she wrote on Instagram Stories: “Faith and gratitude.” The journalist later posted a picture of the TV screen while back at home, showing the Georgia Bulldogs winning against the LSU Tigers. “A good day all around!” she wrote, suggesting that there had been some positive news about Al too.

The Today star with wife Deborah Roberts 

Deborah had also shared a reflective post last week, posting a picture of the turning leaves in New York, where the family lives, and wrote: “So grateful for the love.”

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She didn’t elaborate on Al or how he was feeling but earlier that day she had also shared a snapshot of a TV airing the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony and she appeared to be in a hospital room.

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Ashton Kutcher wipes away tears as he recalls brother’s near-death experience

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Ashton Kutcher has shared an emotional insight into his twin brother Michael’s traumatic near-death experience.

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In a joint interview with Dr. David Agus, the siblings discussed Michael’s cerebral palsy condition and subsequent heart transplant.

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Touching on his brother’s near-death experience, Ashton revealed: “My dad comes, picks me up, and it’s like, we’re going to go see your brother and I’m like… everything is not okay. And he flatlines in the room.

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The actor went on to say: “I know that noise because now I’ve been visiting occasionally and watching the thing go and it flatlines out. And they’re like, ‘You’ve got to [go],’ and they’re grabbing me, and they take me out and I’m like, ‘what the hell is going [on]?'”

The brothers appeared in their first joint interview with Dr. David Agus

In the moving clip, Ashton could be seen wiping away tears as his brother raced to comfort him.

Elsewhere in the interview, the That 70’s Show star reflected on his own personal health battle with vasculitis – a rare autoimmune disease affecting the blood vessels.

I was unable to walk and then suddenly you can’t see,” he revealed in the trailer.

The actor welled up with emotion

Ashton continued: “When you have this face to face with death you instantly lock into what are you doing with today.”

This isn’t the first time the 44-year-old has lifted the lid on his health struggle. Appearing on Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge, the No Strings Attached actor explained how he’s “lucky to be alive”.

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I had this weird, super rare form of vasculitis, that like knocked out my vision, it knocked out my hearing, it knocked out like all my equilibrium,” he explained.

Reflecting on his scary ordeal, Ashton went on to say: “You don’t really appreciate it, until it’s gone… Until you go, ‘I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to see again, I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to hear again, I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to walk again.'”

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