The incredible story about Bert Newton that 'couldn't be reported until now'

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    The incredible story about Bert Newton that ‘couldn’t be reported until after his death’: TV icon once gifted his Gold Logie to a stranger who was dying from AIDS


    An incredible story about Bert Newton that ‘couldn’t be told until after his death’ has been revealed just days after the TV icon passed away on Saturday at the age of 83.

    Entertainment reporter Peter Ford, a longtime friend of the Newton family, shared on 2GB radio on Monday that Bert once gifted his Gold Logie to a complete stranger who was dying from AIDS-related illness.

    Mr Ford said Bert had told him he ‘can’t ever report this until I’ve carked it’.

    Act of kindness: An incredible story about Bert Newton that 'couldn't be told until after his death' has been revealed just days after the TV icon passed away on Saturday at the age of 83

    Act of kindness: An incredible story about Bert Newton that ‘couldn’t be told until after his death’ has been revealed just days after the TV icon passed away on Saturday at the age of 83 

    ‘This goes back about 31 years ago and I had a friend of mine who at the time was dying as a result of AIDS,’ Mr Ford explained.

    ‘I was trying to find ways to cheer him up so I sent out a whole bunch of cards and notes to different celebrities and asked if they could sign the card and send them back to my friend. Everyone did it within a week except Bert.

    ‘But about five days later I went to the hospital and as soon as I walked in, there was this buzz. And the guy at the front desk said, “You’re not going to believe it, Bert Newton has been here for the last two hours and he has visited every patient.”‘

    Generous: Entertainment reporter Peter Ford, a longtime friend of the Newton family, shared on 2GB radio on Monday that Bert once gifted his Gold Logie to a complete stranger who was dying from AIDS-related illness. Bert is pictured with wife Patti in 2019

    Generous: Entertainment reporter Peter Ford, a longtime friend of the Newton family, shared on 2GB radio on Monday that Bert once gifted his Gold Logie to a complete stranger who was dying from AIDS-related illness. Bert is pictured with wife Patti in 2019

    Mr Ford said he then went into his friend’s room and noticed Bert had gifted him one of his Gold Logies.

    ‘I rang Bert and he told me, “You can’t ever report this until I’ve carked it.” Those were his words. I think it says a lot about the person [he was],’ he added.

    The entertainment legend died in a Melbourne hospital on Saturday night after a long battle with a number of illnesses, including a toe infection that had resulted in his leg being amputated from the knee down.

    Selfless: 'I rang Bert and he told me, "You can't ever report this until I've carked it.' Those were his words. I think it says a lot about the person [he was],' Mr Ford said

    Selfless: ‘I rang Bert and he told me, “You can’t ever report this until I’ve carked it.’ Those were his words. I think it says a lot about the person [he was],’ Mr Ford said

    Bert’s health first became a concern in 2012 when he underwent a quadruple bypass.

    In the years following the surgery, the four-time Logie winner was hospitalised three times with pneumonia and was also diagnosed with anaemia.

    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 doctors telling him the surgery was a ‘life or death decision’.

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

    Decline: The entertainment legend (pictured with wife Patti) died in a Melbourne hospital on Saturday night after a long battle with a number of illnesses, including a toe infection that had resulted in his leg being amputated from the knee down

    Decline: The entertainment legend (pictured with wife Patti) died in a Melbourne hospital on Saturday night after a long battle with a number of illnesses, including a toe infection that had resulted in his leg being amputated from the knee down 

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