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Renowned Cypriot author drowns off Mackenzie

Irena Ioannidou Adamidou

Renowned author Irena Ioannidou Adamidou, 79, drowned off the Larnaca coast on Friday morning.

According to police, Adamidou, went to swim near the Flamingo Hotel in the Mackenzie area at 6.30am, but 45 minutes later, at around 7.15am, she was spotted floating unconscious in the sea by a municipality employee.

Bathers pulled her out of the water and alerted police. Police took her to Larnaca General Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Adamidou, born in Famagusta, is the author of many best sellers, that became TV series, as well as theatre plays. She studied music and foreign languages in Lausanne and Vienna. She began writing at 16. Her main work deals with prose, drama, and literary translation.

She wrote 26 novels, and 62 plays, 50 of which have been staged in theatres, broadcasted through TV, and radio. She also wrote five TV films and seven television series which were broadcast by CyBC but also in several other countries, and has translated 112 plays from five languages.

She also received many awards, local and international. Among her books, is “To aidoni tis Smynis” (The nightingale of Smyrna), which became a very popular TV series between 2001 and 2003, aired by CyBC and Greek state broadcaster ERT.

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