Thanks and farewell: State funeral to be held for Bert Newton
Australian showbiz legend Bert Newton has died, aged 83.
The much-loved entertainer had been battling complications since having surgery to have his leg amputated in May.
Entertainment reporter Peter Ford, a long-time friend and former producer of Newton, broke the news on Saturday evening.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews called Patti Newton, Bert’s wife of 46 years, on Saturday night and offered a state funeral to farewell the icon.
Peter Ford says Patti had accepted and the likely venue for the funeral is St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne.
Press PLAY below to hear Luke Grant and Peter Ford discuss the loss
Musician and long-time friend Jade Hurley has told Luke Grant he was a man with unmatched talent.
Press PLAY below to hear Jade Hurley remember his friend