'Really odd': Tragic new detail about death of Sam Newman's wife

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·4-min read
Sam Newman, pictured here with wife Amanda Brown before her tragic death.
Sam Newman's wife Amanda Brown died at age 50. Image: Twitter/Getty

Sam Newman reportedly tried to contact his wife before her death on Saturday night and was worried when she didn't reply.

The AFL champion found Amanda Brown unresponsive on the floor of their Docklands apartment after returning home from dinner with friends.

Brown was just 50.

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Veteran entertainment reporter Peter Ford has now provided more details about the night Brown died.

“He’d been out with a couple of friends just for a quick catch-up and some fish and chips on Saturday night," Ford said on Gareth Parker’s 6PR radio show on Tuesday.

"While he was out he was sending texts to Amanda and she wasn’t replying.

Sam Newman, pictured here before a Geelong Cats game in 2015.
Sam Newman looks on before a Geelong Cats game in 2015. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

“He said to his friends, ‘That’s really odd she’s not replying.’ They said, ‘Don’t worry, she’s doing something.’

“He was getting concerned about it because that’s not how it worked normally with them.

“He got home and unfortunately found her on the floor, dead.”

A spokesperson for Ambulance Victoria said paramedics were called to the home after reports of a cardiac arrest at about 7.40pm on Saturday.

According to the Herald Sun, the report was described as a “medical condition”.

“I’m just devastated, I can’t say anything else,” Newman told the Herald Sun on Sunday.

Police said Ms Brown’s death was not being treated as suspicious.

“Police will prepare a report for the Coroner following the death of a 50-year-old woman in Docklands on Saturday May 1,” a Victoria Police spokesman said.

“The matter is not being treated as suspicious.”

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Aussie sporting community rallies around Sam Newman

Newman and Brown had been in a relationship for nearly 20 years, but only married last November.

Support has been flooding in for Newman from around the Aussie sporting community.

“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,” Eddie McGuire said on Fox Footy.

“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 and Amanda’s family, the Brown family as well.”

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Newman’s friend and co-host of the 'You Cannot Be Serious Podcast' Don Scott said: “They’ve been together for 19 years and he depended on her a fair bit.

“He had a lot of feeling for her. What do you say? All you can do is be there.”

Fellow co-host Mike Sheahan added: “I feel really sad for him, they got married just before Christmas.

“He was happy and that’s not always something you’d associated with Sam.

“It’s just terrible to find her gone at 50. Sometimes it’s hard to comprehend that stuff.”

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