Showbiz icon Bert Newton has died at age 83 after having his leg amputated earlier this year due to a life threatening infection.
Bert Newton has died age 83 after having his leg amputated earlier this year due to a life threatening infection.
Journalist Peter Ford told news.com.au that Patti Newton, Bert’s beloved wife of 46 years, asked him to confirm the sad news on his family’s behalf.
“I have very sad news,” Ford tweeted on Saturday evening.
“Showbiz icon Bert Newton has died at age 83. It was remarkable career on TV, stage & radio. Sadly he didn’t get the last chapter he deserved. He was a great mentor & friend to me. Condolences to Patti,Lauren,Matthew & extended family.”
The veteran performer — affectionately called Moonface — died while undergoing palliative care at a private clinic in Melbourne.
Newton was a Logie Hall of Fame inductee, quadruple Gold Logie-winning entertainer and a radio, theatre and television personality and presenter. He is survived by his wife Patti, children Lauren and Matthew and extended family.
Speaking to news.com.au, Peter Ford said: “He didn’t get the last chapter he deserved having spent the past year in hospital during Covid and losing his leg.”
Touching on his decades-spanning career, he said Newton’s “outrageous and unpredictable character” had earned him fans of all ages, calling him one of the “last of the brigade of the real TV stars.”
The star celebrated his 83rd birthday in hospital in July, after suffering complications from his leg amputation in May. A toe infection four months prior put his condition in a serious category and he was told he could die if drastic action was not taken.
“It got worse … he was seeing doctors and specialists and they couldn’t seem to get it right, it kept on spreading,” Ford said on radio at the time about the amputation.
“Basically he was told last week, you have a couple of months to live, or if you have your leg amputated, you’ll probably have a few years. So, he agreed to have the leg amputated.”
“Lots of ups and downs, but he has a great attitude and still smiling, we are taking every day as a plus,” his wife Patti told News Corp earlier this year.
Tributes have already begun pouring in for the larger-than life entertainer.
Today Extra host David Campbell wrote that it was “the end of an era.”
“RIP Bert Newton,” he posted on Instagram.
“We all grew up with him. He loved this industry and supported so many of us. My thoughts go out to Patti and his kids. Thank you Bert. I was just a young singer and he always had me on his show. It was an absolute honour”.
Entertainment reporters including Richard Wilkins and Angela Bishop also paid tribute to the entertainer.
Former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett said he was saddened by the loss and hit back at some on social media who he said were trying to tarnish Newton’s name.