Prime Minister Scott Morrison expressed his condolences to television icon Bert Newton whom he described as “a gift” to Australians.
Bert Newton, Australian media personality, artist, radio, theater and television presenter, quadruple Gold Logie award, has died aged 83.
The 83-year-old man has died of complications since the amputation of his leg in May due to problems with an infected toe.
“Australia loved Bert. There will never be another like him,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement on Saturday night.
“Bert Newton was from the golden age of television where we all seemed to watch the same thing… There was a familiarity that connected us to Bert, but it also connected us to each other. We could laugh together. C was his gift.
“Bert could give and receive a joke. He could laugh at himself, I’m sure that’s what made Australians so warm as we are. Even when a joke failed he had this ability to fend for himself. in a way that made us laugh and put everyone at ease.
“Australians also understood her unwavering love for Patti and her unwavering strength. To Patti and the family, Jen and I send our love, and we also send the love of the country.”
Journalist Peter Ford also expressed his condolences to Newton’s family.
“I have very sad news… Showbiz icon Bert Newton has passed away at the age of 83,” he tweeted on Saturday evening.
“It was [a] remarkable career in television, stage and radio. Sadly, he didn’t get the last chapter he deserved. He has been a great mentor and friend to me.
“Condolences to Patti, Lauren Matthew and the extended family.”
The 83-year-old began his media career as a teenage radio announcer in the 1950s.
At 15, Newton became Australia’s youngest professional broadcaster, working at station 3XY.
He landed his first television job with Channel Seven as host of The Late Show in 1957 and in 1959 found himself playing a double act with Channel 9’s Graham Kennedy.
The pair arguably became the biggest stars of the 1960s.
The 83-year-old has suffered from health complications for the past decade.
In 2011, he was forced to withdraw from Wicked’s Perth tour due to severe pneumonia. He contracted the disease again in 2017.
Newton underwent a quadruple bypass surgery in November 2012, after being hospitalized for the previous twelve months.
At the end of 2020, he suffered a toe complication and had a leg amputated below the knee in May 2021.
Newton has a wife, Patti, two children, Matthew and Lauren, and six grandchildren.