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Sam Newman ‘devastated’ after wife Amanda Brown’s sudden death


The wife of former AFL player and Footy Show host Sam Newman has died suddenly at their Melbourne home.

Amanda Brown was found by Newman laying unresponsive on the floor of their Docklands apartment at about 8pm on Saturday. She was 50.

A report will be prepared for the coroner and Ms Brown’s death is not being treated as suspicious.

Geelong legend Sam Newman.
Geelong legend Sam Newman. (Getty)

Mr Newman said he was “devastated” by the loss.

The couple had been together for 20 years before marrying in November last year.

Sports journalist Mike Sheahan, who used to co-host a podcast with Mr Newman, said the couple had been very content and enjoyed their privacy.

“She had a bubbly personality. She had plenty to say, she was not a shrinking violet by any means and when she had something to say, she said it,” he told News Corp.

“I feel terribly sorry for [Newman]. It was just before his 75th birthday that he got married, and he was very happy with that, and very content in his private life.

“They had a really good relationship and he was the happiest I had seen him.”

Newman played 300 games for the Geelong Football Club between 1964 and 1980.

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