Champion golfer Jack Newton dead at 72 nearly 20 years after he barely survived serious accident

Champion golfer Jack Newton dead at 72 nearly 40 years after he miraculously survived walking into a plane propeller and losing his right arm

  •  Jack Newton, a giant of Australian golf, died of health complications aged 72
  •  He survived losing an arm and extensive other injuries after an accident in 1983
  • Newtown walked into an aeroplane propeller at Sydney Airport 

Champion Australian golfer Jack Newton has passed away from health complications at the age of 72.

The former Australian Open champion who very nearly won the British Open and US Masters, survived an horrific accident in 1983 when he lost his arm and eye after walking into an aeroplane propeller at Sydney Airport. 

His family confirmed the news in a statement on Good Friday morning, stating that Newton’s passion for the sport and the community will live on.

Champion Australian golfer Jack Newton has died at the age of 72 following health complications

His son, Clint, a former NRL player and CEO of the Rugby League Players’ Association, released a statement that was read out on the Today Show a short time ago.

‘On behalf of our family, it is with great sadness I announce that our courageous and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and mate, Jack Newton OAM has passed away overnight due to health complications,” the statement read.

‘Dad was a fearless competitor and iconic Australian, blazing a formidable trail during his professional golfing career between 1971 and 1983 before his career tragically ended following an accident involving an aeroplane propeller at the age of 33.’   

Jack Newton (right) pictured with ex-Prime Minister Bob Hawke in 2012

Jack Newton (right) pictured with ex-Prime Minister Bob Hawke in 2012

Newton was still a top professional golfer when he walked into the spinning propeller of a Cessna aircraft at Sydney Airport as he was on his way back to his Newcastle home after attending a Sydney Swans game in Sydney.

He was given just a 50:50 chance of survival after the accident, which abruptly ended his career, and spent a number of days in a coma and two months in intensive care. 

Once he’d recovered Newton taught himself to play golf one-handed and started a popular charity golf tournament, the Jack Newton Celebrity Classic. 

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