EXPIRED: 06/07/10 – Adriana Xenides, 54, set 2 amazing records.
She was the long-running hostess of the television game show “Wheel of Fortune” and she had a gastro-intestinal disease that made her stomach bloat to the size of a 9-month pregnant woman.
She died in Austrailia, where she set both records, after suffering a ruptured intestine.
Xenides, was born in Argentina but was raised in Adelaide, Austrailia.
She started modeling when she was 17 and auditioned for the “letter turner” on “Wheel of Fortune” when she was just 21. A year later, Xenides was a household name.
Her 18-year run got her into the Guinness Book of Records as the longest running game show host, and she never missed an episode until she started to get stomach cramps in 1996, 15 years into her employment.
After retiring from the business due to her illness she had a few run-ins with the law. In 2006, Xenides’ driving license was revoked for 18 months after a near-fatal accident she caused in which she was she was blinded by the sun and sneezing at the same time, which caused her to lose control of the car. Later Xenides recanted and claimed she was simply trying to get to the hospital and was in a lot of pain. The following year, she was pulled over for a random breath test. She failed.
Over the last two years, it was reported that Xenides had no less than five heart attacks.
No matter how many times you spin the wheel, that sucks.