Emotional Sam Newman breaks silence to reveal he gave CPR to his dead wife for 20 minutes despite knowing she was gone after discovering her lifeless body in the laundry
- The former Geelong player has spoken on his podcast You Cannot Be Serious
- Amanda Brown died on Saturday from suspected cardiac arrest at the age of 50
- Newman said he did not want anyone to feel sorry for him despite his heartache
- The former great said he knew his actions to save his wife had come too late
Footy great Sam Newman knew he had lost his wife and best friend but worked for 20 minutes to save her life.
Taking to his popular podcast You Cannot Be Serious on Wednesday, Newman has detailed the tragic final moments of his wife Amanda Brown’s life.
He had found the 50-year old unresponsive on the floor of their Docklands apartment on Saturday night.
Sam Newman’s wife Amanda Brown (left) was found dead in their Docklands apartment aged 50. She had enjoyed a wonderful day out on Port Phillip Bay with Newman in 2019
Sam Newman’s wife Amanda Brown (pictured on their wedding day on November 27) was found dead in their Docklands apartment aged 50
‘I get home and I walk in the door and the television’s on in the bedroom. So I look down there and lying in her underwear — she’d obviously been in bed or she got out of bed to get something to eat,’ Newman said.
‘She’s lying there on the tiles outside the laundry and as soon as I saw her I knew she was dead, I just knew it.
‘I rang 000 and the very helpful person said you better try and give CPR and she talked me through that.
‘I’ve got the phone on speaker and I’m pumping this poor woman who’s lying there looking so peaceful, obviously dead, but the operator said keep doing it in case there’s a spark of life in her, I think she said.
‘So for 20 minutes I’m giving CPR to what I knew was a corpse.’
Sam Newman (right) with good mate Don Scott (left) and Mike Sheahan (centre). Sheahan quit Newman’s podcast after he was embroiled in a scandal involving former AFL great Nicky Winmar
An emotional Newman said he wanted to speak publicly about losing his wife, whom he married last November after a 20-year relationship.
‘I want to do this,’ he said.
‘I’ve had a pretty tough week so before I start, I don’t want anyone listening to this to feel sorry for me.’
A humble Newman said there were plenty of other people within the community who had suffered greater adversity than him.
‘I’m not singling myself out for sympathy or anything like that,’ he said.
Speaking to great mate and former AFL legend Don Scott, Newman said he had been overwhelmed by the support he had received over the past few days.
‘I’ve had people reach out to me, you wouldn’t believe the people who’ve reached out to me who’ve suffered similar episodes in their life,’ he said.
‘There’ll be a significant amount of people that don’t have sympathy for me and that’s fine too.
‘They’ll say I got what I deserved and good luck and good riddance and all that, and I understand that and I don’t mind if you have that opinion of me and what happened to me. That’s fine because I’m a polarising influence I suppose.’