American-born entertainer Don Lane has passed away at a Sydney nursing home today, aged 75.
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Lane began his career as a singer in Hawaii, before coming to Australia to work in the media. He is best known for his work with fellow entertainer Bert Newton as host of The Don Lane Show, which aired on the Nine Network from 1975 to 1983.
Don Lane was the first to refer to Bert Newton (now hosting 20-1) as “Moonface”.
During his career, Lane won a total of 15 Logies, and was once the highest paid man on Australian television.
Lane had been battling dementia since being diagnosed in 2005, and had not been seen in public for some time.
A private funeral will be held on Friday, with details of a proposed public memorial not yet available.
Source: Sky News, Media Spy