Though alcohol poisoning is Amy Winehouse‘s official cause of death, her brother Alex Winehouse blames her early demise on another addictive tendency. According to Alex, Amy’s death can be attributed to her battle with bulimia.
“She suffered from bulimia very badly. That’s not, like, a revelation — you knew just by looking at her … She would have died eventually, the way she was going, but what really killed her was the bulimia … Absolutely terrible,” he tells The Guardian. “I think that it left her weaker and more susceptible. Had she not had an eating disorder, she would have been physically stronger.”
Alex explains that Amy developed bulimia at age 17, before she became a star. She hung out with a group of girls who “were all doing it. They’d put loads of rich sauces on their food, scarf it down and throw it up. They stopped doing it, but Amy never really did. … We all knew she was doing it, but it’s almost impossible [to tackle] especially if you’re not talking about it. It’s a real dark, dark issue.”
Amy Winehouse died on July 23, 2011. She was 27.