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Sunday 24 September 2017

Devastated Twink reveals 'grief beyond words' for dear friend

PANTO queen Twink has broken her silence on Gerry Ryan's passing, speaking of her devastation from her hospital bed.

The stage star (59), whose real name is Adele King, said she was "totally devastated".

She told close friends that her "grief goes beyond words" and described him as one of her long-term friends.

Adele, who remains in hospital, had only spoken to Gerry on his 2fm morning show just three days before he was found dead in his Upper Leeson Street apartment.

At the time of their interview, she sounded disoriented and drowsy, with lengthy pauses during their seven-minute conversation.

Her publicist later said she had suffered a bad reaction to her allergy medication combined with a bad asthma attack.

Her daughter Naomi called an ambulance to their southside home shortly afterwards.

Adele has been in Mount Carmel Hospital for the past week undergoing a series of tests as she recuperates in the private clinic.

The news of her hospitalisation came shortly after it was revealed the Bank of Scotland repossession order against her mansion in Knocklyon had been struck out.

During her chat with Gerry, she told him how she had been inundated with calls from the media who had been "camped outside my house" but she wanted to talk to him.

"I've taken your call because I love you Ger and the people that listen in to your show would be the demographic of my audience," she said.

She went on to pay tribute to Gerry, describing him as a "good buddy" but whose earnings were grossly over-estimated by members of the public.

It has emerged that, despite his €629,000 wage packet, he was told by his bank manger shortly before he died that his financial situation was "very tricky."

Alluding to the perception that the star was super rich, Adele added: "If you were Ryan Seacrest in America, you would be making 96 million, squillon dollars compared to here. The Irish people think that you're a millionaire. I know you're not and you know we're not."



Problems

She went on to say how she herself was just one of thousands of people in Ireland who had been hit by financial problems as a result of the recession.

But she said that the battle to save her home was going to be an ongoing war, adding how she had won the first round but that the fight wasn't finished yet.

She split from husband David Agnew six years ago and says that since then she has been working non-stop to support herself and her two daughters Chloe (20) and Naomi (16).

mfinn@herald.ie

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