Football legend and TV personality Sam Newman ‘devastated’ as his wife dies suddenly at their Melbourne home aged 50
- Sam Newman’s wife Amanda Brown, 50, has died suddenly in their apartment
- Newman, 75, found Brown unresponsive on floor of their Docklands flat Saturday
- The AFL legend is said to be ‘devastated’ by the loss of his partner of 20 years
Football great and TV personality Sam Newman’s wife has died suddenly at their Docklands home in Melbourne aged 50.
Amanda Brown was found unresponsive by Newman, 75, lying on the floor of their apartment at 8pm on Saturday night.
Emergency services were called but they weren’t able to revive her.
The couple have spent the last 20 years together but only tied the knot five months ago in November 27.
‘I’m just devastated, I can’t say anything else,’ the Geelong legend told the Herald Sun this morning.
An Ambulance Victoria spokesman confirmed paramedics were called to Newman’s home at 7.40pm on Saturday over reports of a cardiac arrest.
The report was described as a ‘medical condition’.
Amanda’s death is not being treated as suspicious.
Sam Newman’s wife Amanda Brown (pictured on their wedding day on November 27) has been found dead in their Docklands apartment aged 50
Newman is ‘devastated’ at the death of his partner of 20 years who he married in November
They were married in their luxury high-rise apartment with former Perfect Match host Greg Evans officiating the ceremony.
Only close friends and family were in attendance with Newman’s best friend Kevin King stepping in as best man.
His eldest son Jack acted as photographer, capturing the intimate ceremony for the newlyweds.
Amanda was first spotted out with Newman at a New Year’s Eve party at the Crown Casino back in 2002.
The pair were notoriously private, rarely posing for photographs together, and the wedding was shrouded in secrecy.
The former Footy Show host was previously married three times and has three sons. Despite her husband’s public profile, Brown remained largely out of the spotlight
One of Newman’s close friends and co-host of their podcast You Cannot Be Serious, Don Scott, told the Herald Sun he depended on Amanda ‘a fair bit’ and ‘had a lot of feeling for her’.
‘What do you say? All you can do is be there,’ he said.
Another colleague, Mike Sheahan, said Amanda’s death was hard to comprehend.
‘He was happy and that’s not always something you’d associated with Sam.’
Newman played 300 games for his beloved Geelong Football Club in the 1960s and 70s, winning the club’s best and fairest medal twice.
He was named in the club’s team of the century and is also in the club’s hall of fame.
He retired in 1980 and immediately began working in the media, commentating for radio station 3AW and Channel 7.
Newman was one of the faces of the AFL Footy Show from 1994 until 2018 where he became a controversial figure for his outspoken views.
He has three sons named Jack, Geordan and Max from his previous marriages.