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Amy Winehouse's Brother Blames Bulimia—Not Drugs or Alcohol—for Singer's Death

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Amy Winehouse's brother is speaking out about his sister's death in a personal new interview.

Almost two year's after the "Back to Black" singer was found dead from accidental alcohol poisoning, Alex Winehouse says it wasn't just Amy's problems with drugs and alcohol that contributed to her early passing.

According to Alex, when Amy was 17, she and a group of friends developed a problem with bulimia.

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"They'd put loads of rich sauces on their food, scarf it down and throw it up," Alex recently told the Observer. "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."

"She suffered from bulimia very badly," he continued. "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."

Alex added of Amy'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."

As for the outpouring of public support after Amy's death, Alex said, "Obviously, she touched something in a lot of people and, yeah, it was very strange. We had to go to the flat and all the flowers...You see those things on the telly, but it's always for things that have got nothing to do with you. This was, like, a personal thing...It was incredible."

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