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Australia’s Entertainment Industries Pay Tribute To Late Bert Newton

Figures in the Australian entertainment industries have taken to social media to pay tribute to Australian entertainment legend, Bert Newton who passed away over the weekend at age 83.

Newton died on Saturday, 30th October while in palliative care at a private clinic in Melbourne. He had been in care since having his leg amputated earlier in the year due to a life-threatening infection.

The four-time gold Logie award-winning entertainer was an irreplaceable figure in Australian entertainment, who worked across the industry for six-decades. A household name for decades, Newton appeared on a number of television networks across his career, but his longest relationship was with The Nine Network. They confirmed the news of his death over the weekend.

His credits in television include In Melbourne Tonight, The Graham Kennedy Show, The Don Lane Show, Good Morning Australia, New Faces, Bert’s Family Feud, and 20 to 1.

“Bert Newton was a giant of our industry, entertaining generations of Australians across our television screens,” said Nine’s director of television Michael Healy in a statement.

“He brought unbridled joy and laughter into our homes as part of so many programs, partnerships and formats.”

Newton, Graham Kennedy and Don Lane were part of a trio that was affectionately known as the kings of Australian television.

He was an avid stage-performer too, appearing on stage with Wicked, Annie, Grease, and more.

Newton is survived by his wife of over 46 years, Patti, his two children Matthew and Lauren, and grandchildren.

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews announced earlier today that Newton is due to be honoured at a state funeral.

“Bert Newton was an icon, a larrikin and a born entertainer. We have never known TV without Bert – he was there from the beginning,” Andrews said.

“Above all his achievements, he was a family man and his greatest partnership was with his wife of almost 50 years, Patti. Our thoughts and prayers are with her, their children and their grandchildren.”

“We will all have an opportunity to honour his memory, his talent and his achievements at a state funeral. Details will be shared in the coming days.”

A number of figures in Australian entertainment have taken to social media to pay tribute to Newton, offering up memories and their condolences. Check out some of those tributes below.

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