Footy legends and the wider AFL community have come together to support a grieving Sam Newman after he found his wife dead on the floor of their Melbourne apartment.
Newman, 75, returned home on Saturday night after being out with friends and discovered wife Amanda Brown, 50, unresponsive on the floor of their Docklands flat.
The Geelong legend and Brown had a notoriously private relationship that spanned two decades before they finally tied the knot in November last year, just days after her 50th birthday.
Tributes poured in for Brown on Sunday, with Newman's former Footy Show co-host Eddie McGuire saying it was a 'heartbreaking day'.
'Our great friend and colleague, Sam Newman, 300-game superstar of the Geelong Football Club, came home from going out with a couple of friends yesterday and found his wonderful wife Amanda dead on the floor of his apartment,' McGuire said on Fox Footy.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'Sam, you know that we're thinking of you, buddy.'
'I spoke to him last night and, clearly devastated by the whole situation. Our thoughts with all the Newman's and Amanda's family, the Brown family as well.'
Sam Newman's wife Amanda Brown (pictured on their wedding day on November 27) was found dead in their Docklands apartment aged 50
Sam Newman, whose wife Amanda Brown died on Saturday evening in Melbourne, had been married three times previously before marrying the 'love of his life' in November
Eddie McGuire (pictured) became one of the first footy personalities to extend sympathies to Newman, saying it was a 'heartbreaking day' for the sporting community
Brown was found by Newman at about 8pm on Saturday night where its believed she went into cardiac arrest. Emergency services were unable to revive her.
Friends say the 'bubbly' Brown had Newman the happiest he'd ever been, with the TV personality saying he is 'just devastated' in his only public statement since her death.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Newman's close friend for many decades and another former Footy Show co-host Garry Lyon also revealed he'd spoken with Newman.
'That was the greatest shock yesterday. I did (speak to Sam), heartbreaking,' he said on SEN.
'It was heartbreaking.'
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'I spoke to him last night and, clearly devastated by the whole situation. Our thoughts with all the Newman's and Amanda's family, the Brown family as well,' McGuire said Sunday
Veteran sports journalist Mike Sheahan, who co-hosted