Amy Winehouse’s death is blamed on her eating disorder, the singer’s brother suggests.
Alex Winehouse claims Amy did not die of alcohol and drug abuse but instead from her battle with bulimia.
The ‘Rehab’ star had been suffering from bulimia since the age of 17 in which Alex believes left her “weaker and more susceptible”.
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Commenting on the death of his beloved sister and an icon of our generation, Alex Winehouse said:
“She would have died eventually, the way she was going, but what really killed her was the bulimia, Had she not have had an eating disorder, she would have been physically stronger.
“[Her friends] were all doing it. They stopped doing it, but Amy never really stopped. We all knew she was doing it but it’s almost impossible [to tackle], especially if you’re not talking about it.”
Although it was verified that Amy’s death was due to an excessive amount of alcohol in her body, it makes sense to realise that bulimia most probably made her even more fragile.
Alex continued by stating that the issue of bulimia is somewhat ignored and needs to be more publicized:
“We had to support eating disorder charities because no-one talks about it.
“The situation in this country is that about five or six years ago there were around 10-15 eating disorder charities out there. Now there’s only three, one of which is exclusively for young men.
“Beat was in real need of an online forum so that there’s always someone there to talk to. I just want to try to raise awareness of bulimia. It’s a real dark, dark issue.”
Beat is an eating disorder charity that The Amy Winehouse Foundation recently donated money to.
In the words of Alex, bulimia is indeed a very “dark issue” and must be attended to and dealt with simply to save a sufferer’s life.