Olivia Newton-John speaks about Bert Newton’s “rare gift” in new tribute

She had known Bert since she was a teenager.
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Bert Newton’s death has rocked the entertainment industry, with many of his showbiz pals mourning their dear friend.

One fellow performer who paid homage to the presenter is actress and singer Olivia Newton-John, who knew Bert since she was a teenager.

WATCH: Bert Newton surprises Olivia Newton-John dressed as John Travolta

Taking to her Instagram on Monday, Olivia, 73, penned a beautiful message about the life Bert lived, offering her condolences to his remaining family in the process. 

“Bert Newton was a kind, funny, quick-witted man whom I was lucky enough to have known since I was a teenager starting my career in Melbourne,” the Grease star began her post.

“Everyone in Australia loved Bert! He was the perfect TV host and a loveable, charming person with the rare gift of perfect comic timing.”

Olivia Newton-John penned a sweet tribute to the late Bert Newton. (Credit: Instagram)

She ended her post by emphasising that the 83-year-old “exuded a natural warmth that always made you feel comfortable in his company”.

“My condolences to Patti and the family. Love and light, Olivia.”

The actress accompanied the sweet words with a photo of herself, Bert, and his now-widow Patti from recent years, as well as a throwback newspaper article of herself and the showbiz icon from 1971, when she and Bert teamed up for the Freedom from Hunger Campaign concert.

Also in the post was a video from 1980 documenting Olivia’s appearance on The Don Lane Show, during which the singer was nothing but smiles when she was surprised by Bert.

Bert and Olivia teamed up for the Freedom from Hunger Campaign concert in 1971. (Credit: Instagram)

In the footage, Don asked Olivia: “Do you know we have John Travolta here tonight?”

Clearly in disbelief that her former Grease co-star would be making an appearance, Olivia remained sceptical as the host requested “John” to come out.

At this point, Bert Newton dressed as Travolta sauntered into the studio before promptly dancing with Olivia, who was overjoyed at the sweet surprise (see above video).

The nostalgic post and kind words about Bert’s legacy garnered a lot of comments from the singer’s followers, as well as from Patti Newton herself.

Bert is survived by his wife Patti Newton and two children, Lauren and Matthew. (Credit: Getty)

“Thank you, my heart is broken xx,” Patti wrote underneath Olivia’s tribute.

A day after news of Bert’s death broke, a grieving Patti stepped out of her family home in Hawthorn East to speak about her late husband’s final moments and reveal she had missed his last breath.

“It’s very, very devastating. All our hearts are breaking because he was just the most wonderful man,” she told reporters.

“I left at ten past seven, and I was just pulling around to come into my drive and I get the call to say he’d taken his last breath at 7.22pm.

“So I missed him, but maybe he didn’t want me to be there for his last breath.”

As the nation continues to mourn his death, it has been confirmed that Bert will be farewelled with a state funeral.

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