What made Sam Newman worry for his beloved wife Amanda Brown on the day of her ...

Footy legend San Newman was already concerned about his beloved wife before he arrived home to find her collapsed on the floor of their Melbourne apartment after she failed to answer numerous phone calls.

The AFL world has rallied around the heartbroken Geelong Cats icon as tributes continue to pour in for Amanda Brown, 50, following her sudden death on Saturday night.

The happy couple spent two decades together before marrying in November last year, just days after her 50th birthday. 

In a gut-wrenching detail about the fateful night, it's since been revealed that Newman tried to call his wife several times in the hours before he got home.

This was out of character for his wife, the Herald Sun reported.  

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The media personality completed one more job before returning home to his Docklands apartment, where he found his wife unresponsive.

Sam Newman's wife Amanda Brown (left) was found dead in their Docklands apartment aged 50. She's pictured enjoying a day out on Port Phillip Bay with Newman in 2019

Sam Newman's wife Amanda Brown (left) was found dead in their Docklands apartment aged 50. She's pictured enjoying a day out on Port Phillip Bay with Newman in 2019

By all accounts, the 50-year old had been in the prime of life, both fit and healthy, when she dropped dead without warning. 

A shattered Newman has spent the last two days being supported by his sons and close friends as he mourns the unexpected loss of the woman he regarded as his rock.

Newman was very protective of his notoriously private wife who preferred to remain out of the spotlight.

The outpouring of tributes from shocked friends continued on Monday.

'I've known Amanda for a long, long time and Sam,' Newman's former Footy Show co-host Garry Lyon said on SEN.

'That was the greatest shock yesterday. I did (speak to Sam), and it was heartbreaking.

'I love that man and I wish them well.'

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Amanda Brown (second left) is pictured on another day on the water with singer Brian Mannix (left) and two other friends

Amanda Brown (second left) is pictured on another day on the water with singer Brian Mannix (left) and two other friends

Friends and family have been rocked by the sudden death of Sam Newman's wife Amanda Brown (pictured, right)

Friends and family have been rocked by the sudden death of Sam Newman's wife Amanda Brown (pictured, right)

3AW radio host Ross Stevenson also paid tribute.

'We would like to pass on our condolences to Sam and to Amanda's wider family,' he said on 3AW.

'It is a really sad event and she was a really lovely person; a really strong person.' 

Newman and his wife were very close with former player agent Ricky Nixon and his partner Melissa Huynh.

The two couples, along with musician Brian Mannix spent many hours on the water together on Newman's boat.

Melissa Huynh and friend Amanda Brown spent good times together on the boat (pictured)

Melissa Huynh and friend Amanda Brown spent good times together on the boat (pictured)

Amanda Brown ties up former player agent, and mate, Ricky Nixon (pictured) during another day on the water

Amanda Brown ties up former player agent, and mate, Ricky Nixon (pictured) during another day on the water

A devastated Ms Huynh shared the photos of

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