Wheel of Fortune letter turner Adriana Xenides was a victim of her own fame in the end, a friend said after her death yesterday.
The TV glamour girl died in a Sydney hospital during surgery for a painful ruptured intestine, part of an ongoing battle with a gastrointestinal disorder.
She was just 54-years-old.
The bubbly blonde spent 18 years on Wheel of Fortune until she was eventually struck down by illness.
Her co-host John Burgess paid tribute to Xenides on the radio, saying: "We never had a blue. No, we just had a great association and we just hit it off from day one.
"I mean, over the years I said some dreadful things about Adriana, what she was wearing and all sorts of stuff, but mind you she gave as good as she got most of the time as well."
Close friend Michael Shephard told The Advertiser she had been working to rebuild her life recently after years plagued by depression and ill health.
"She'd recently qualified for a film and TV make-up course which she was looking forward to doing," he told The Advertiser.
"As far as a person goes you couldn't have met a more giving, kind-hearted person but in the end, in terms of getting a job she was a victim of her own fame."
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