Rex Hunt: Sam Newman reveals health update on AFL great

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Sam Newman has shared a devastating update on his mate Rex Hunt.

The AFL legend and commentator, who some may know better for kissing fish, is “not in a good place” and needs help for “mental problems” as he continues to recover from a medical episode.

Camera IconRex Hunt in healthier times. Credit: News Corp Australia

Hunt, 73, who previously played for Richmond, was rushed to hospital last week after he called police for help while driving down the Princess Freeway towards Geelong, in Victoria.

Close friend and Geelongf great Sam Newman recently visited Hunt in hospital.

“Rex was a good footballer, he played in two premierships, and he has been a great radio caller and a world-class fisherman … and despite all of that, Rex, he is having some mental problems,” Newman said on the You Cannot Be Serious podcast on Wednesday.

“We are trying to support him to say, ‘Rex, you have got to help yourself before everyone else tries to help you’.

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“He is not in a good place, but he should if he has got any experience in life about what made him a good footballer or what made him good on the radio or what made him a world-class fisherman, if he used those principles to try and guide him, he might take a turn for the better.”

Hunt has previously opened up about his mental health struggles following his footy career.

“I was gone… despite the clown of the circus having a rubber nose, behind the makeup and rubber nose may well be the loneliest person in the world,” he told 7NEWS

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