Guilt Over Anorexic Model’s Death Drives Mother To Suicide

- By Bossip Staff


The mother of Isabelle Caro, the anorexic French model who died last year, has committed suicide.

Marie Caro, whose daughter made headlines around the world after a picture of her gaunt naked body appeared in a shocking ad campaign, took her own life earlier this month after being consumed with ‘enormous guilt’.

Isabelle died at the age of 28 in a French hospital on November 17 after she was admitted for severe dehydration.

‘[Marie] felt guilty for having put my daughter in the Bichat Hospital. My daughter did not want to go to that hospital,’ Isabelle’s step-father Christian told Swiss newspaper 20 Minutes.

In a statement released after Isabelle’s death, Mr Caro said that his step-daughter had died ‘from the successive consequences of negligence by the medical staff’.

He has since launched a legal complaint against the hospital.

In 2008 Isabelle released an autobiography called The Little Girl Who Didn’t Want to Get Fat in which she wrote that her mother appeared to resent her growing up.

The model famously featured in an ad campaign by Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani in 2007 for an Italian fashion house.

Under the headline ‘No Anorexia’, images across newspapers and billboards showed her naked, vertebrae and facial bones protruding.

At 5ft 4in, she is reported to have weighed just 4st 8lb (68lbs) at the time.

She said she had suffered from anorexia since she was 13 as the result of a ‘difficult childhood’.

At the time of the campaign, she wrote: ‘I’ve hidden myself and covered myself for too long.

Here’s hoping they’ve both found peace in the Beyond.


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    She died from starvation if those photos are any indication.

    • that damn sh#$ disturber


  • Uhh Yeah Ok

    So sad and very deep.

  • Guest

    I’m sorry to hear about the model’s death and the mother’s suicide, but the reasoning behind it all is misplaced. The model blamed her “difficult childhood” for her anorexia, but the mother blames the hospital?? How ’bout the model did it to herself. Anorexics are extremely stubborn and difficult to change. Nobody’s responsible for her making the choice not to eat.

  • Divine

    If you saw her story, her mom had a body image issue that she pushed onto her.

    The daughter just had emotion and mental issues, that pushed her over the edge.

    Mom probably felt guilty for that….

  • BossipKiller

    I understand. If my seed left, I’d follow.

  • Kat

    The step-father and mother blamed the hospital?!! The poor girl emaciated before she got to the hospital. They did the best they could to save her. The poor girl could still be alive if she knew that being her height and weighing 140lbs was okay. Instead she had her “mommy dearest” sickening her mind with body issues. And now her guilt has caught up to her. Rest in peace.

  • LowSelfEsteemMakesYouFallForAnything

    Her story is my story. Had an eating disorder that started at 12 and the source of it was my mom. She had horrible body image issues. It took me more than 20 years to get over it, but I did. I feel very lucky not to have had such a horrible ending as she.

    • DeE

      Wow…..the dominoe effect from parent to child and the how hard it is to break the cycle whether it be this or other repetitive behaviors and/or results. How fragile yet resilient in other ways we humans are.

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