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UPDATED: State funeral for Bert Newton

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Australian TV legend Bert Newton is being remembered as a showbiz icon after he passed away, aged 83.

Newton passed away on Saturday evening after a long battle with his health.

Media commentator Peter Ford says the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews phoned the family on Saturday night and offered a state funeral, which wife Patti accepted.

It’s unclear how current COVID restrictions will impact plans for the state funeral.

He was admitted to hospital in March and his illness led to one of his legs being amputated. In September it was revealed there had been complications after the surgery.

Albert Watson Newton, AM, MBE, was the great star of Australian television during its golden era, and thereafter.

The youngest of six children, Newton was born in Fitzroy on July 23, 1938.

Newton had his first on-air appearance on radio station 3XY, aged 11.

In 1967 he hosted the Logie Awards for the first time.

He was the one of the last remaining links between the earliest days of commercial TV.

The 83-year-old underwent surgery to amputate his leg at Melbourne’s Epworth Hospital in May after doctors told him he would have only months to live without the operation.

He had already spent six weeks in hospital after a toe infection around Christmas became a serious medical issue.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Patti, daughter, Lauren, son, Matthew and six grandchildren, Sam, Eva, Lola, Monty, Perla and Alby.

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Coolio’s manager reveals rap artist died from suspected heart attack

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Coolio’s manager has spoken out after the death of the Gangsta’s paradise star

There were claims the 59-year-old rapper died from a drug overdose.

But Coolio’s manager told the Daily Mail the rap artist had died from a suspected heart attack while on a trip to Los Angeles to fix his passport ahead of shows scheduled in Germany.

A Friend, also quoted by the publication, says he avoided drugs and alcohol.. one telling media “He’d usually have a glass of water”

“He would never show up intoxicated or on a different planet like most people. I never saw him drinking. He’d usually have a glass of water,”

coolio’s friend Mr Yano told daily mail

“When the news came yesterday about his passing, I was shocked. Was it something health related?”

“But I was just with him a few weeks ago, and he seemed completely fine. No mention of any sort of heart condition or any medical condition.”

This comes as Fans speculated the rapper died from an overdose due to his history of drug abuse and crack cocaine addiction.

The rapper, known around the globe for his 90’s hits, died while visiting a friend in Los Angeles last week.

No drugs were found at the scene and the official cause of death is yet to be revealed.

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Prince William makes his first public address since the Queen’s death

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Prince William has given his first public speech since the death of the Queen and as heir to the British throne

Speaking at a wildlife protection summit in London, William called for more action to combat the illegal trade in wildlife products.

He says the illegal trade is worth an estimated $20 billion annually, and he urged businesses and law enforcement agencies to do more to stop it.

The speech signals the royal family will continue to champion environmental causes, as King Charles III is forced to step back from public activism.

The Prince and his Royal Foundation have long made protecting wildlife a key focus of their work, and they are likely to continue this work in the years to come.

Meanwhile, William also used the opportunity to pay tribute to his late Granny.

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California highway covered in candy after trucks collide

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Halloween came early to a California highway

A crash involving two trucks caused one of the vehicles to dump its cargo.

The entire load of candy sprinkled onto the roadway.

The California Highway Patrol’s office said troopers responded when a big rig and a box truck collided.

Photos from the scene show the roadway littered with sugar that spilled from candy boxed

no injuries were reported from the incident.

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