Breaking: Brother Insists Amy Winehouse’s Death Caused By Long-time Bulimia Struggle
When Amy Winehouse is of subject it is most commonly to praise her talent or remember her tragedy in struggle, what is often unannounced is her family life that shaped the real Amy. Winehouse has a brother four years her senior, Alex Winehouse. For the first time since Amy Winehouse’s sudden death at age 27 in 2011, her brother opened up relaying what he believes to have caused her death. The official cause of death was ruled “death by misadventure.” Alex Winehouse spoke with The Guardian in interview regarding the new exhibit at the Jewish Museum, Amy Winehouse : a Family Portrait. His interview revealed her struggle with drugs and alcohol was no secret, but the true roots of her struggle was a dark secret- bulimia.
“She suffered from bulimia very badly,” he 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. . . I think that it left her weaker and more susceptible. Had she not had an eating disorder, she would have been physically stronger.”
Winehouse explained his younger sister got mixed in with the wrong crowd at around 17 years old and they,
“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.
Winehouse stated the most difficult part of his sister’s death was Shiva, a part of the Jewish tradition.
“You can’t shave, you can’t change your clothes. You do prayers. I was sitting in a chair and people came to pay their respects and you’re not supposed to say anything back. At my age, that shouldn’t be happening. That’s something that happens when old people die. People sitting shiva should be in their 70s and 80s, they shouldn’t be 31 years old and certainly not a 31-year-old who is sitting shiva for his 27-year-old sister… I can’t really describe it, it’s a horrible feeling.”
Even though Amy Winehouse’s life was abruptly ended, her spirit is continuously celebrated through The Amy Winehouse Foundation, run by her family members, that helps millions of disadvantaged youths internationally.