Sam Newman mourns wife Amanda Brown at Melbourne funeral service

AFL great Sam Newman has bid an emotional farewell to his 'loyal and loving' wife Amanda Brown, 12 days after he found her dead on the floor of their Melbourne unit.  

About 20 guests joined the 300-game Geelong legend in saying goodbye to Ms Brown, 50, at a small chapel in Brighton East on Thursday morning.  

Newman, a father-of-three, watched with his good friend, the former Perfect Match host Greg Evans, as his wife's coffin was loaded into the back of a hearse by four pallbearers. 

The 75-year-old appeared to snap a photo of the scene on his phone for posterity, before spending an emotional moment with the coffin and then looking up toward the sky. 

The exact cause of Ms Brown's sudden death at the couple's apartment on May 1 remains unclear but it is believed she may have succumbed to a stroke or heart attack.   

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Goodbye, my love: TV personality Sam Newman said a tearful farewell to his wife Amanda Brown along with 20 guests at a small chapel in Brighton East, in Melbourne's eastern suburbs, on Thursday

Goodbye, my love: TV personality Sam Newman said a tearful farewell to his wife Amanda Brown along with 20 guests at a small chapel in Brighton East, in Melbourne's eastern suburbs, on Thursday

Newman was joined by a handful of friends including Perfect Match host Greg Evans (above) in saying goodbye to Amanda

Newman and Ms Brown were in a relationship for 20 years and married on November 27 last year (above)

Newman was joined by a handful of friends including Perfect Match host Greg Evans (above) in farewelling Amanda. Ms Brown and Newman were in a relationship for 20 years and married on November 27 last year

Four pallbearers escorted Ms Brown's casket to a waiting hearse, a bouquet of flowers resting on top, and her husband close behind

Four pallbearers escorted Ms Brown's casket to a waiting hearse, a bouquet of flowers resting on top, and her husband close behind

Newman was flanked by Evans as he watched the casket being wheeled away. Evans officiating over their wedding at their Docklands apartment last November

Newman was flanked by Evans as he watched the casket being wheeled away. Evans officiating over their at their Docklands apartment last November 

Ms Brown was something of an enigma. She and Newman pair were in a relationship for 20 years but Ms Brown had little interest in sharing her husband's very public profile. 

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The pair married last November in their Docklands apartment in front of just three people. 

Newman has been remarkably candid about his wife's death, taking to his popular podcast You Cannot Be Serious to detail the lead-up to his grim discovery. 

Newman was having fish and chips with his mates that Saturday afternoon when a thought popped into his head: Amanda could be dead. 

'We get down to where we were going, Kippers in Werribee, and I tried to ring her,' Newman said. 'I'd rang her six times.

'We got down there and we were sitting around eating the fish and chips and I said 'I wonder where Amanda is?' 

'We were joking about she might be out at a venue, or at the pub or out with the girls, or doing something and I said, 'She is probably lying dead up in the flat.'

'Just as you know, as an aside. They said, 'oh she could have been in an accident'.'

'So I get home and I walk in the door and the television is on in the bedroom and so I look down there and she is lying there on the tiles outside the laundry.

'As soon as I saw her I knew she was dead.'

Newman called Triple-0 and was instructed to perform

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