Farewell, Adriana Xenides

June 7, 2010 / Posted by:

It’s a sad day in Australia. The kangaroos aren’t jumping, the koalas are hugging their trees extra tight and Nicole Kidman’s forehead broke into pieces after she tried to frown in sadness. That’s because one of their icons of glamour has floated off to the great big wheel in the sky. Adriana Xenides, the former light toucher of Wheel of Fortune, has died at the age of 54 from a ruptured intestine.

Adriana had been in and out of hospitals during the past few years. In an interview earlier this year, Adriana said she had five heart attacks in two years and suffered a gastrointestinal digestive disorder. Adriana also admitted to undergoing shock therapy to deal with her depression.

Adriana starred in Australia’s Wheel of Fortune for 18 years. At one point, Adriana held the record at the longest running game show host in TV history. Vanna White broke Adriana’s record in 2001.

Rest in peace, Adriana. The letter lights on Wheel of Fortune will shine brighter for you today.

And when you’re walking down your office hallway today, put an extra swish in your step and touch an imaginary block light in honor of Adriana. No joke. I try to do that every time I walk down a hallway.

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