Seven years ago, beloved TV presenter Nirvana Azzopardi died at just 40 years old after fighting a rare form of breast cancer for two years. Today, people took to Facbeook to honour Nirvana’s memory.
“Still speechless with shock, still on my mind, always,” one comment on Nirvana’s Facebook wall read. “Forever in my heart. Miss you Niri.”
“Some people cross our paths and leave everlasting memories,” MEP Miriam Dalli wrote on Facebook. “Nirvana Azzopardi is one of them. Already seven years have gone by but the memories remain.” ,Fellow Maltese MEP Roberta Metsola also posting a photo tribute to “the brilliant and beautiful” personality, “today and always”.
“Nirvana’s farewell message still resonates today and a lot of people still refer to it,” Dalli continued. “This is one message I don’t want to be forgotten.”
In the message, Nirvana had given everyone “some pearls of wisdom from someone who learnt a lot about life while facing her death”.
“Forgive, put work in perspective, stop smoking, love yourself, do not stress, trust your instinct and count your blessings” were all among the pieces of advice Nirvana gave the nation back in 2013, and seven whole years later, her words still resonate loudly.
One of the biggest names in Maltese TV in the 90s, Nirvana had quickly found her way in the nation’s screens and hearts.
People growing up in the last couple of decades might remember Azzopardi hosting Flat 4, one of the country’s first ever reality shows. And while her career had kicked off at a beauty pageant, she quickly found herself hosting a slew of TV programmes.
But beyond that, Nirvana was also one of the presenters behind the Malta Song for Europe… and the country’s spokesperson at the 1999 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
In 1998, Nirvana co-founded the popular Teatru Unplugged series, still a much-loved date in Malta’s cultural calendar.
Besides her illustrious career, Nirvana was also a mother of two.