Amy Winehouse killed by bulimia, says brother

Alex Winehouse says eating disorder 'left her weaker and more susceptible'

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The brother of Amy Winehouse has said his sister was killed by an eating disorder rather than by her drink and drug addictions.

Alex Winehouse, the singer's older brother, told the Observer Magazine that his sister's battle with bulimia, which she developed aged 17, "left her weaker, and more susceptible".

He said: "She would have died eventually, the way she was going, but what really killed her was the bulimia."

Amy Winehouse died aged 27 at her home in Camden, London in July 2011. An inquest confirmed that the singer died as a result of accidental alcohol poisoning. According to her brother, Amy's system had been weakened by bulimia, a disorder in which the sufferer binge eats before making themselves vomit.

"Had she not have had an eating disorder, she would have been physically stronger," he said. Alex also spoke about how the singer developed the disorder, adding: "[Her friends] 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 stopped. We all knew she was doing it but it's almost impossible [to tackle], especially if you're not talking about it."

Meanwhile, Camden Council recently gave the go-ahead to plans to install a statue of late singer Amy Winehouse in the borough. Artist Scott Easton's sculpture of the 'Back To Black' singer has been in the works for some time but, according to the Camden New Journal, Camden Town Conservation Authority had stated its opposition to the proposal. However, after a meeting last month, local councillors approved the project and the statue will now be installed at a balcony in at Camden's Roundhouse venue this September.

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