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Australian TV legend Bert Newton dies at 83

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Bert Newton was one of the biggest, famous TV personalities and most recognised faces in Australia. He died at the age of 83 on Saturday due to a life-threatening infection. Bert had his leg amputed in May as a result of a toe infection, which became a serious issue.

Australian journalist Peter Ford announced the news on his Twitter handle. Bert’s wife Patti McGrath asked him to announce the news.

Bert first appeared on radio at the age of 14 and at the age of 20 he joined 9News TV at its Melbourne Bureau. After hearing the news, 9News’ director Michael Healy said that Bert Newton was a giant of the industry. He was entertaining generations of Australians across their screens.

Newton had hosted more Logie Awards nights than anyone else and he made possible to perform three hours live and unscripted TV shows. Newton had married to the singer and dancer, Patti McGrath in 1974 in Melbourne. Newton has two children Matthew and Lauren and six grandchildren.

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