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Amy Winehouse Killed by Bulimia, Not Drugs and Alcohol, Brother Says

Monday, 24 Jun 2013 04:53 PM

By David Ogul

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Troubled singer Amy Winehouse died not from drugs but from bulimia, her brother said in a interview with Observer Magazine.

“She suffered from bulimia very badly,” Alex Winehouse said. “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.”

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Alex Winehouse, 33, added of his younger sister’s disorder: “I think that it left her weaker and more susceptible. Had she not had an eating disorder, she would have been physically stronger.”

Amy Winehouse was found dead of what an official inquest determined was accidental alcohol poisoning in July of 2011. The troubled vocalist captured five Grammy Awards for her album "Back to Black," which was named the U.K.'s top album of the century.

Alex Winehouse said in the interview that his sister developed bulimia in her late teens and never shook off the illness. He explained that, as a 17-year-old, his sister had a group of friends who “were all doing it. They'd put loads of rich sauces on their food, scarf it down and throw it up,” he told the Observer Magazine. “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.”

Alex Winehouse was speaking at an opening of an exhibition dedicated to his family’s life in Camden, England.

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“She was annoying, frustrating, a pain in the bum," he said of his sister." But she was also incredibly generous, very caring. She'd do anything for anyone, she really would. ... She was loyal — as a sister, daughter and friend. She was probably the most loyal friend to people I've ever known.”

The Huffington Post reports that a documentary film about Amy Winehouse's life is in the works and is being brought to the screen by "Senna" director Asif Kapadia.

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