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Olivia Newton-John expresses her heartache after tragic loss

Bert Newton has passed away at the age of 83

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Olivia Newton-John is mourning the loss of fellow Australian legend, Bert Newton, who passed away at the age of 83 on Saturday.

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Taking to her Instagram page on Monday, the 73-year-old actress expressed her sorrow as she paid tribute to the TV icon – whom she knew from the start of her glittering career.

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"Bert Newton was a kind, funny, quick-witted man whom I was lucky enough to have known since I was a teenager starting my career in Melbourne," she wrote in the caption.

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"Everyone in Australia loved Bert! He was the perfect TV host and a loveable, charming person with the rare gift of perfect comic timing.

"Bert exuded a natural warmth that always made you feel comfortable in his company." Olivia, concluded the message with: "My condolences to Patti and the family. Love and light, Olivia."

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Australian legend Bert Newton died on Saturday

The Aussie TV and radio star passed away over the weekend, seven months after he was admitted to hospital following a leg amputation.

Fans were quick to comment underneath Olivia's post, with one writing: "What a legend. And what a love story ... thinking of his wife ...love and light indeed!" Another remarked: "Brilliant Olivia. This made me laugh & cry. RIP Bert [heart emoji]."

A third post read: "Beautiful words, Olivia. Bert defined an era of Australian entertainment - he was the quintessential television personality. I always enjoyed seeing you two together - a very generous man so proud of Australian talent. X."

Olivia shared a series of throwback pictures with Bert

One other post read: "Wonderful words Olivia. I saw the special tribute to Bert on Australian tv last night and it reminded me of all of the laughs Bert gave us over the years. Also I have seen the interviews of you and Patti done by Bert in 1988 and again some years later. Bert has been a great part of all Australian lives. RIP dear Bert."

Bert, who had been receiving palliative care at a clinic in Melbourne, is survived by his wife of 47 years Patti Newton, two children and six grandchildren.

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