Golf legend Jack Newton reveals secret health battle after walking into a plane's propeller

Golf legend Jack Newton reveals his secret health battle nearly 30 years after he miraculously survived when he walked into a plane’s propeller

  • Golf icon Jack Newton was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in July 2019 
  • The 70-year-old made healthy lifestyle changes in an effort to fight the disease 
  • Newton lost his right arm and eye after walking into an airplane propeller in 1983
  • His family said he is fighting hard against the disease and will not give up 

Australian golf icon Jack Newton has revealed he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and has taken up a healthy lifestyle to fight the illness.

The 70-year-old has abstained from drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes for 18 months while exercising and taking medication in an effort to battle the disease.

The 1978 Buick-Goodwrench Open PGA Tour champion was in July 2019 diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, which took his father Jack Snr’s life.

Newton’s family say he is up to the challenge and won’t back down.

Golf icon Jack Newton (pictured at the Jack Newton celebrity Golf Classic on the Sunshine Coast in 2001) was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in July 2019

Golf icon Jack Newton (pictured at the Jack Newton celebrity Golf Classic on the Sunshine Coast in 2001) was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in July 2019

‘He’s been a drinker and a smoker since his late teens. To give it all away cold turkey is incredible. This is his new challenge,’ Newton’s son Clint told The Daily Telegraph.

Newton famously survived after walking into a Cessna airplane propeller in a rain storm at Sydney Airport in 1983, losing his right arm, eye and part of his abdomen.

He was in a coma for several days after the incident and spent eight weeks in intensive care, where doctors gave him a 50 per cent chance of survival.

Newton’s family said he is channelling the same grit and determination from the accident in his fight with Alzheimer’s and is making healthy lifestyle changes to give him the best chance of survival.

The 70-year-old (pictured during the US Masters at Augusta in 1980) has made healthy lifestyle changes in an effort to fight the disease

The 70-year-old (pictured during the US Masters at Augusta in 1980) has made healthy lifestyle changes in an effort to fight the disease

‘Alzheimer’s has been thrust upon him but he’s up for the fight. The perception of dad was always a character and a bloke who enjoyed a beer and a smoke. That’s not him anymore. He still wants to be the best he can be for mum and his grandchildren,’ Clint said.

Newton and his wife Jacky are selling their acreage near Newcastle named Augusta to move to Merewether for treatment of the disease.

He is suffering from short term memory loss and struggles to complete some sentences.

Clint has taken over as chairman of the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation and said his father’s fight is far from over.

‘I can guarantee one thing – he won’t give up,’ he said.

Newton lost his right arm and eye after walking into an airplane propeller in 1983. Pictured: Newton in action at the 1980 US Masters at Augusta National in Georgia

Newton lost his right arm and eye after walking into an airplane propeller in 1983. Pictured: Newton in action at the 1980 US Masters at Augusta National in Georgia

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