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Patti Newton pens heartbreaking tribute after tragic loss

She's paid her respects to one of the greats.
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Patti Newton has penned a moving tribute to television and radio star Ernie Sigley following the sad news of his death.

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Heading to her Instagram on Monday, Patti shared an old photo of herself and the entertainer, all smiles, accompanied by a moving caption.

“Bert and I were so saddened by The passing of Ernie today. Bert and Ernie both started of together as very young boys and have always been friends,” the performer wrote.

“Our love to Glenys (Ernie’s wife) and family, their love and protection of Ernie through his journey has been wonderful.

“RIP ❤️”

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Patti Newton has penned a touching tribute to Ernie Sigley. (Credit: Instagram | @pattinewtonofficial)

The post was soon inundated with well wishes, including some from fellow media personalities.

Home & Away’s Georgie Parker shared her condolences, writing, “Sending love to Ernies family. Such sad news ❤️❤️❤️❤️”.

Rhonda Burchmore also penned her support for Patti’s tribute, writing, “Fabulous picture & beautiful words @pattinewtonofficial 💕🙏”.

“What a loss,” added Tina Arena.

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Ernie (middle) with on-screen partner Denise Drysdale (left) and his wife Glenys (right). (Credit: Instagram | @ matthewsigley)

The news of Ernie Sigley’s passing was reported yesterday. The Australian performer sadly passed at the age of 82 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Over the course of his career, Ernie won 21 Logie Awards, including a Gold in 1975. He was also the original Australian host of Wheel of Fortune, interviewed The Beatles during their 1964 Australian tour and was a successful recording artist.

Long-time friend of Ernie’s and Australian singer Normie Rowe described the media personality’s death as a “passing of an era”.

“Ernie was a long-time part of the landscape of Australia’s entertainment industry and … for the whole generation or two who lived with him on television,” Normie told Studio 10

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