Australian television legend Bert Newton has had one of his legs amputated in his latest health battle.
The four-time Gold Logie winner underwent the emergency operation on Saturday after he developed an infection in his toe, entertainment reporter Peter Ford told 2GB radio host Ben Fordham.
Ford described the situation as a “life or death decision” and said Newton’s family are determined not to present the situation as a “sad story”.
“The way they see it, Bert had a choice. He wants to stick around, he loves his wife, his kids, his grandkids he just adores, so he wants to be around for as long as possible to enjoy that,” Ford said.
“But life going to be quite different from now on.”
The 82-year-old entertainment icon, who is diabetic, has suffered numerous health issues after undergoing a quadruple heart bypass surgery in 2012.