Although the cause for the early demise of jazz singer Amy Winehouse back in July 2011 had been officially traced to alcohol poisoning, her brother, Alex Winehouse, believes his sister's untimely death at the young age of 27, was rooted in the eating disorder bulimia. Alex says it left Amy's body so weak that the drug and alcohol abuse easily killed his sibling.
"She would have died eventually, the way she was going, but what really killed her was the bulimia," Alex said in a recent interview. "Had she not have had an eating disorder, she would have been physically stronger."
Alex revealed Amy started developing bulimia back when she was 17, when all of her friends "were all doing it" but the young singer never got around to stopping even when her friends already have. "We all knew she was doing it but it's almost impossible [to tackle], especially if you're not talking about it," he said.
Since her death, Amy's family has set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation to help those with drug and alcohol abuse problems. The foundation has just recently made a donation to eating disorder charity Beat, one of the few remaining charities of its kind nowadays, to raise awareness for bulimia and support their online forum "so that there's always someone there to talk to." Alex explained, "We had to support eating disorder charities because no-one talks about it."