AFL great Sam Newman reveals the ‘simple things’ he misses most about his beloved wife Amanda Brown


Heartbroken AFL legend Sam Newman has lamented the little things he misses the most about his late wife as he tries to move on with his life. 

Newman, 75, arrived home to his luxury Melbourne apartment 44 days ago to find his wife Amanda Brown, 50, lying motionless in the corridor.

In the 20 minutes it took for emergency services to arrive at their Docklands apartment he gave Amanda CPR, until it was determined she had died.  

Heartbroken AFL legend Sam Newman has revealed the little things he misses the most about his late wife, and how he plans to move on with his life

Heartbroken AFL legend Sam Newman has revealed the little things he misses the most about his late wife, and how he plans to move on with his life

‘She had no illnesses or underlying health problems, just to come home under those circumstances and find her where she was, I’ll never forget that’, a teary Newman said in an interview with 7NEWS. 

The pair had married just six months ago on Amanda’s 50th birthday, after spending more than two decades together. 

Newman said he was grateful he surprised her with the private ceremony, speculating if a greater power knew what lay ahead and propelled him to follow through. 

‘I just feel really sad for Amanda that she couldn’t enjoy the rest of what she was looking forward to and that, of course, goes for me as well’, he told the Herald Sun. 

Now six weeks after his wife’s sudden death, which a post-mortem ruled as a brain aneurism, Newman will be alone for the first time ‘since school’. 

A devastated Sam Newman said his beloved partner of 20 years, Amanda Brown, died of an aneurysm in May despite having no underlying health issues

A devastated Sam Newman said his beloved partner of 20 years, Amanda Brown, died of an aneurysm in May despite having no underlying health issues

A devastated Sam Newman said his beloved partner of 20 years, Amanda Brown, died of an aneurysm in May despite having no underlying health issues

Newman has said he feels grateful he surprised Amanda with a intimate marriage ceremony on her 50th birthday, just six months before her death

Newman has said he feels grateful he surprised Amanda with a intimate marriage ceremony on her 50th birthday, just six months before her death

Newman has said he feels grateful he surprised Amanda with a intimate marriage ceremony on her 50th birthday, just six months before her death

The Geelong great revealed he misses ‘everything’ about Amanda, with daily tasks prompting him to recall painful memories of happier times. 

‘When you are with someone you rely on them for certain things and they rely on you for certain things and when they cease not to be, you have to deal with the things you used to rely on from your partner’, he said.  

He described himself as ‘technology inept’, explaining it was his tech-savvy wife that helped him with social media, working the computer, and paying the bills. 

Haunted by memories of that ‘surreal’ May evening, Newman said he was moving out of their shared Docklands home for a fresh start.

He explained they already discussed downsizing to a smaller apartment, with Amanda taking on the role of designer and decorator of the new space. 

The Geelong great revealed he misses 'everything' about Amanda (pictured), with daily tasks prompting him to recall painful memories of happier times

The Geelong great revealed he misses 'everything' about Amanda (pictured), with daily tasks prompting him to recall painful memories of happier times

The Geelong great revealed he misses ‘everything’ about Amanda (pictured), with daily tasks prompting him to recall painful memories of happier times

The AFL star said he was no different to anyone else who lost a partner, explaining that regardless of circumstances, death was always going to be painful

The AFL star said he was no different to anyone else who lost a partner, explaining that regardless of circumstances, death was always going to be painful

The AFL star said he was no different to anyone else who lost a partner, explaining that regardless of circumstances, death was always going to be painful

The AFL star said he was no different to anyone else who lost a partner, explaining that regardless of circumstances, death was always going to be painful. 

He said he wasn’t feeling sorry for himself, and didn’t want others to pity him, explaining that every human on earth struggled with some kind of adversity. 

Newman said he was grateful for the continual support of his close friends and family, and his cherished four granddaughters who he calls ‘the future’. 

‘You take things for granted when everything is going well and when you face a bit of a hurdle in life, whatever that hurdle is, it puts it starkly in perspective’, he said. 



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