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Grief-stricken Patti Newton is seen for the first time since her husband Bert’s death aged 83

Grief-stricken Patti Newton is seen for the first time following her husband Bert’s death aged 83 after a long battle with his health


Patti Newton was seen for the first time since her husband Bert’s death aged 83 on Saturday.

The singer, 76, emerged from her Melbourne home on Sunday, just hours after the shock announcement that the TV personality passed away having suffered a long health battle which led to one of his legs being amputated.

Patti walked along the path out the front of her home as she spoke on the phone in the wake of her husband’s death.

Grief-stricken Patti Newton is seen for the first time since her husband Bert’s tragic death aged 83 following a long battle with his health

She wore black jeans, a matching coloured top and boots as she held her phone in her hand.

Bert passed away on Saturday night having suffered a long health battle which led to one of his legs being amputated.

The four-time gold logie winner’s health first became a concern in 2012 when he underwent a quadruple bypass.

Patti emerged from her Melbourne home, just hours after the shock announcement that Bert passed away having suffered a long health battle which led to one of his legs being amputated

Patti emerged from her Melbourne home, just hours after the shock announcement that Bert passed away having suffered a long health battle which led to one of his legs being amputated

Patti walked along the path out the front of her home as she spoke on the phone in the wake of her husband's death

Patti walked along the path out the front of her home as she spoke on the phone in the wake of her husband’s death

In the years following the surgery, he was hospitalised three times with pneumonia and was also diagnosed with anemia.

Bert was hospitalised in March and underwent surgery on his leg in May. He needed surgery after his toe became infected before Christmas.

The infection was ‘linked to his diabetes’ and was threatening his life with Doctor’s telling Mr Newton the surgery was a ‘life or death decision’.

Doctors reportedly told Bert that if he kept the leg then he would have just ‘months to live’ rather than years if he chose to amputate.

She wore black jeans, a matching coloured top and boots as she held her phone in her hands

She wore black jeans, a matching coloured top and boots as she held her phone in her hands

At the time of his surgery, Patti told the Daily Telegraph she had ‘never seen anybody in more pain’ than her husband on the morning of his operation.

She added: ‘I just felt he could not go through pain like he was going through for much longer.’ 

Patti, 76, also spoke of her husband’s fighting spirit, saying the grandfather of six agreed to the life-changing surgery because ‘he has so much to live for’.

‘He is lucky; he has got family all around him. The grandkids mean the world to him.’

Bert passed away on Saturday night having suffered a long health battle which led to one of his legs being amputated

Bert passed away on Saturday night having suffered a long health battle which led to one of his legs being amputated

Bert went into surgery at 7.50am on May 8 and Patti learned it had been a success at 3pm. ‘It was a long day and a long wait,’ she said.

At the time of his death he had been receiving palliative care at a clinic in Melbourne.

The TV personality is survived by his wife of 47 years Patti, his two children and six grandchildren.

The TV personality is survived by his wife of 47 years Patti, his two children and six grandchildren

The TV personality is survived by his wife of 47 years Patti, his two children and six grandchildren

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