Bert Newton’s wife Patti has revealed the star’s cause of death and confirmed that the couple’s son Matthew will not return to Australia for his father’s funeral.
Bert, a four-time Gold Logie award-winning entertainer, died Saturday night at the age of 83 at a private clinic in Melbourne.
On Sunday, Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews confirmed that the entertainment legend would be sent off with a state funeral, with details to be shared in the coming days.
“Over all his accomplishments, he was a family man and his best partnership with his wife of nearly 50 years, Patti. Our thoughts and prayers are with her, their children and their grandchildren,” Andrews said in a statement.
But Bert’s actor-filmmaker son Matthew will not be present, the late star’s wife Patti Newton has confirmed.
“He’s not coming,” she told the Daily Mail.
Patti said there was “no rift” between the couple and that Matthew simply could not get home in time.
“It’s just the logistics of it all, and with Covid and with everything else,” she said.
“There was no break-up. He’s had a lot of long conversations with Bert at the hospital, and that was just fine,” she said.
Matthew lives in New York and has been in the United States for almost 10 years.
According to Newscorp reports, Matthews’ relationship with his parents has been “strained” since before he moved in 2012.
Matthew has reportedly been involved in various domestic violence incidents against ex-girlfriends Brooke Satchwell and Rachael Taylor.
He has also struggled with mental health issues.
Cause of death
Patti has also revealed the cause of her husband’s death, saying Bert died of “complications with everything.”
“When you get a leg amputated, you have to be on a lot of pain medication, and Bert had had, just this year alone, he’s had eight procedures, all of which involved anesthesia, and it affects you pretty badly.”