Isabelle was best-known for her image used in a shock Italian ad campaign (which you can see here) conceived by photographer Olivier Toscani in 2007 under the headline "No Anorexia." She more recently appeared on Jessica Simpson's "The Price of Beauty." She had suffered from the eating disorder since she was 13 and usually blamed her difficult childhood.
Christian Caro, Isabelle's stepfather spoke with Swiss newspaper 20 minutes about both deaths. He blames the Bichat Hospital in Paris for Isabelle's passing:
She was hospitalized on November 16, 2010 for a stomach ache. My wife requested that she be taken to Bichat and she told doctors what was happening and told them about her illness. The doctors said they'd run some tests but they'd put Isabelle to sleep so she'd be less disturbed. They should have never done that. Isabelle died the 17th at the beginning of the afternoon. She died because they disconnected her from the machines. Two doctors took my wife and I separately and said, "You know, in any case, your daughter didn't want to live." They shortened it all. They wanted to do it quickly because there were a lot of people waiting.
Christian added that he filed a complaint with the prosecutor in Paris for manslaughter. Of his wife, Marie, he said:
My wife...she felt guilty for sending my daughter to the hospital in Bichat. [....] She had that weight on her head, a huge guilt. And this was in addition to the press, above all an interview with Toscani that she succeeded in viewing, although I tried to keep it from her. And she couldn't tolerate it. She already couldn't bear the death of her daughter.
20 Minutes reports that Christian is now working on a music project, the profits of which will go to the association Isabelle created to help people suffering from anorexia. A single will be out by the end of the month.
Need help? In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
SUBSCRIBE AND FOLLOW
Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements.Learn more