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Richard Wilkins comforted by Karl Stefanovic as he bursts into tears over Olivia Newton-John's death


Richard Wilkins is comforted by Karl Stefanovic as he bursts into tears live on air while discussing the death of long-time friend and actress Olivia Newton-John

Richard Wilkins broke down on the Today show on Tuesday as he spoke about the death of his long-time friend and Australian icon, Olivia Newton-John.

The actress died peacefully at the age of 73 at her home in Southern California on Monday morning, surrounded by family and friends. Her husband John Easterling announced her death on her Facebook page. 

The entertainment presenter, 68, burst into tears as a past interview was aired of Wilkins speaking with Olivia.

Richard Wilkins broke down on the Today show on Tuesday as he spoke about the death of his long-time friend and Australian icon, Olivia Newton-John

Richard Wilkins broke down on the Today show on Tuesday as he spoke about the death of his long-time friend and Australian icon, Olivia Newton-John  

Host Karl Stefanovic left his seat on the panel to comfort his colleague who wiped his eyes.  

‘I didn’t want to do this,’ Wilkins wept.

‘It’s alright, it’s alright,’ Karl said while hugging the presenter. ‘This woman was extraordinary.’

The entertainment presenter, 68, burst into tears as a past interview was aired of Wilkins speaking with Olivia

The entertainment presenter, 68, burst into tears as a past interview was aired of Wilkins speaking with Olivia

Host Karl Stefanovic left his seat on the panel to comfort his colleague who wiped his eyes

Host Karl Stefanovic left his seat on the panel to comfort his colleague who wiped his eyes

Wilkins was close to tears earlier in the show when he delivered the heartbreaking news about Olivia’s death.

‘Dickie, I’m so sorry for your loss,’ Karl said.

‘It’s our loss,’ Dickie replied. ‘The world has lost a beautiful human being today.’

He then went on to open up about the devastating early morning phone call he received of the news.

‘I was just sort of numb,’ he said to Karl and Ally.

‘You know, all the dates and facts and figures and things just disappear and I just felt completely, just completely numb. I didn’t really know what to think.’

'I was just sort of numb,' he said to Karl and Ally. 'I didn't really know what to think'

‘I was just sort of numb,’ he said to Karl and Ally. ‘I didn’t really know what to think’

Pictured: Richard Wilkins (left) with Olivia Newton-John (centre) and Paul Hogan (right)

Pictured: Richard Wilkins (left) with Olivia Newton-John (centre) and Paul Hogan (right)

More to come. 

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