TV presenter Ernie Sigley’s shock diagnosis

You might remember Ernie Sigley from The Ernie Sigley Show on Channel 9 in the ’70s? Well, sadly, the 78-year-old
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You might remember Ernie Sigley from The Ernie Sigley Show on Channel 9 in the ’70s?

Well, sadly, the 78-year-old has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

The TV and radio legend was absent from the AFL Grand Final on Saturday, shocking fans as he was reportedly one of the Bulldog’s biggest supporters.

Ernie’s absence from the game prompted questions about his health, with his family later confirming the terrible news.

“While he would love to have been at the MCG to watch his beloved Western Bulldogs make history, Ernie had to settle for the live television broadcast,” his family said in a statement.

Ernie’s family confirmed he had been living with Alzheimer’s throughout the year.

He was reportedly a regular at Bulldog’s games, speaking about them on radio and TV when times were tough for the club.

If you watched a lot of TV in the ’70s, then you’d know Ernie well.

He hosted Wheel of Fortune and starred in The Ernie Sigley Show alongside Denise Drysdale.

Ernie was presented with the Gold Logie in 1975 by his idol John Wayne.

The TV host also had musical talents, singing a number 1 hit Hey Paula alongside Denise Drysdale.

He was famously nicknamed “the little Aussie battler”, known for his larrikin laugh.

Ernie has been living a quieter life with his wife Glenys in Melbourne since retiring from radio and TV in 2008.

What do you think of this awful news? What words of comfort would you offer Ernie and his family?

  1. I watched Ern for years on the tv i met him wen he was singing with denise at a hotel many years ago loved him.
    Sorry to all his family i know wat ur going through…… Love to u all

  2. Helen Danby  

    So sorry to hear about Ernie sending much love to you and your family it can be a very difficult time for you all Ernie you are a part of Adelaide and always will be many hugs and cuddles xxxxx

  3. Helen Danby  

    So sorry to hear about Ernie sending much love to you and your family it can be a very difficult time for you all Ernie you are a part of Adelaide and always will be many hugs and cuddles xxxxx

  4. Jill  

    I feel very much for him and his family, I lost my mother to this terrible affliction so I know how hard it is to watch your loved one taken so cruelly. All you can do is be there as much as possible to care for them and make sure they keep their dignity.

  5. YVONNE SMITH  

    SO sorry for Ernie and the family, this insidious disease affects to many people, robs them of their dignity. l

  6. Anna  

    Sad, sad news to read of Ernie. So many happy memories as he graced our living rooms in the 70’s.
    Blessings to you Ernie and your family.

  7. Sue  

    Thankfully he has his devoted wife Glenys & family by his side. Thanks for all the laughs & wonderful memories Ernie! xo

  8. Bev Pay  

    I worked with Ernie at radio 3DB IN THE 80’s and found him to be as caring and generous man off air as on it. Loved hearing him use all his Aussie rhyming slang and down to earth manner with everyone was great. No airs or graced with him. His office was next to
    mine with just a 6′ partition between us and there was often a bit of banter going on. Lovely man, true blue Aussie icon. One of a kind! Love to Ernie, Glenys and family. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. May your love and strength help you through this difficult time.
    Love and prayers, Bev Pay

  9. Bev Pay  

    I worked with Ernie at radio 3DB IN THE 80’s and found him to be as caring and generous man off air as on it. Loved hearing him use all his Aussie rhyming slang and down to earth manner with everyone was great. No airs or graced with him. His office was next to
    mine with just a 6′ partition between us and there was often a bit of banter going on. Lovely man, true blue Aussie icon. One of a kind! Love to Ernie, Glenys and family. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. May your love and strength help you through this difficult time.
    Love and prayers, Bev Pay

  10. joanna galea  

    So sorry for Ernie and his family who are going through this. Loved watching him on TV with Ding Dong. BUT let us not forget all those who are diagnosed each and every day and all their families.

  11. Ernie you have always been one of a kind, never afraid to be yourself even on camera. I think that’s what people loved you. You were one of us. Thanks for those wonderful memories. Forever in our hearts mate !

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