Shock at Sam Newman’s wife’s horrific death.
The AFL community has gathered behind Sam Newman following the unexpected death of the controversial former star’s wife, Amanda Brown, at the age of 50.
According to Fiona Byrne of the Herald Sun, Newman came home Saturday night to find his wife unconscious on the floor of their apartment.
Emergency services were summoned, but paramedics were unable to revive Brown.
Newman and Brown had been together for more than two decades but married last year in a ceremony officiated by Greg Evans, the longtime Perfect Match host.
Understandably, the 75-year-old was devastated.
“I’m devastated; I’m speechless,” Newman told the Herald Sun.
A report will be written for the coroner in Victoria.
Newman is the father of three children from three previous marriages. In 2001, he made his relationship with Brown public for the first time.
The flamboyant former Geelong champion kept his relationship out of the limelight for the majority of his professional career.
Victoria Police reported the death was not accidental, and according to the Herald Sun, an Ambulance Victoria spokesman attributed the death to an established medical condition.
“Police will prepare a report for the Coroner following the death of a 50-year-old woman on Saturday May 1 in Docklands,” a Victoria Police spokesman said.
The sad news comes during a difficult 24 hours for Geelong, which is also grieving the loss of beloved former club president Frank Costa.
Costa died at the age of 83 after a year-long illness.
Costa died peacefully in his sleep early Sunday morning.
He assumed the presidency of Geelong in 1998, when the AFL club was in deep financial difficulty, and oversaw a massive rebuild that resulted in one of the club’s most prosperous eras.
Under Costa’s presidency, the Cats won two flags in 2007 and 2009, and a third in 2011, the year he handed over to Colin Carter.
He forged a fruitful off-field relationship with Geelong chief executive Brian Cook during a time when the club’s home ground at Kardinia Park – now renamed GMHBA Stadium – was converted into a state-of-the-art facility.
Costa was instrumental in growing the Costa Group into Australia’s largest fruit and vegetable wholesaler after taking over the family business with his brother at the age of 21.
The Financial Review Rich List estimated his net worth at $802 million in 2020.
Costa received the Order of Australia Medal for his contributions to youth and the environment in 1997.
He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2015.
Costa is survived by his wife Shirley, whom he married 61 years ago, and eight children.