'Friends fear for frail' Bert Newton

Penny Burfitt
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
As Bert gets more 'frail', family comes first. Photo: Instagram/pattinewtonofficial
As Bert gets more 'frail', family comes first. Photo: Instagram/pattinewtonofficial

Friends and family are fearing for beloved TV personality Bert Newton as he battles with enduring health issues, a source has claimed.

Just days after his 81st birthday, it’s being claimed the Aussie screen legend is not as fighting fit as pictures from his celebrations seemed to suggest.

Bert underwent quadruple bypass heart surgery back in 2012 and has since fought his way through debilitating bouts of pneumonia, and severe anaemia.

It’s the latter that has the host’s nearest and dearest concerned an anonymous family friend told Woman’s Day, describing a steep decline in recent months.

The TV veteran always put on a brave face during health complications back in 2017. Photo: Instagram/pattinewtonofficial
The TV veteran always put on a brave face during health complications back in 2017. Photo: Instagram/pattinewtonofficial

“He is very weak, very frail and he's ailing at an alarming rate,” they told the magazine.

“Patti doesn't even like to leave him alone for more than a couple of hours. She's been out of her mind with worry for weeks.”

However, photos shared on Instagram just last week show Bert on his feet and smiling alongside his grandchildren. Yahoo Lifestyle has contacted his management for comment.

No-show at the Logies

Bert’s illness, the source said, is what was behind Bert and wife Patti’s withdrawal from media events.

The power couple of Aussie TV were notable absences at this year’s Logies after having attended in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Bert put on a brave face at last year's Logies but was nowhere to be seen this year. Photo: Getty Images
Bert put on a brave face at last year's Logies but was nowhere to be seen this year. Photo: Getty Images
Patti Newton was there in Bert's absence in 2017. Photo: Getty images
Patti Newton was there in Bert's absence in 2017. Photo: Getty images

Recent Instagram snaps show the grandpa spending plenty of quality time with daughter Lauren’s five kids but rarely leaving his Melbourne home.

A stalwart of Australian media since he kicked off his career with a radio gig at just 15 years old, Bert has weathered enough hardship to last a lifetime.

His son, actor Matthew, famously fled his home country for the US on the back of assault allegations and struggles with addiction, and Bert himself has been dogged by gambling rumours.

Bert Newton and Patti Newton have not had an easy road since their marriage in 1974. Photo: Getty Images
Bert Newton and Patti Newton have not had an easy road since their marriage in 1974. Photo: Getty Images

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