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Andy Lee, Chrissie Swan and Scott Morrison are among the high-profile mourners to farewell TV icon Bert Newton at his state funeral in Melbourne

''My right life is richer having him as a mate.''

By Alana Mazzoni
The biggest names in the Australian entertainment industry turned out on Friday morning to farewell TV royalty Bert Newton.
Bert's widow Patti, his Lauren and their grandkids, as well as friends and former showbusiness colleagues filled St Patrick's Cathedral to honour his legacy.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrew took to the stage, honouring Bert as a "great entertainer," while longtime friend and fellow TV personality Eddie McGuire remembered Bert as "our greatest memory of the golden years of television."
"Australia has lost an icon and his family has lost a soulmate," he said.
Following a lengthy health battle, the Australian television icon passed away on October 30, four months his leg was amputated due to a toe infection.
Patti threw the cameras a sweet wave as she arrived at the cathedral with her daughter Lauren, son-in-law Matt Welsh and six grandchildren in tow.
Bert and Patti's son Matthew, however, wasn't able to fly back to Melbourne from his home in New York City in time for the service, but his mother has denied there was a rift between the father and son. It's been confirmed that a personal message from Matthew will be read at the funeral in honour of his father.
Read on to see which celebrity well-wishers turned out to farewell the beloved Aussie icon.

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