Marie Caro, whose emaciated daughter Isabelle Caro was featured in a a shocking ad campaign about anorexia, has committed suicided, wracked by “enormous guilt” over Isabelle’s death last year.
Isabelle was 5’4″ tall and weighed a mere 68 pounds at the time of the campaign. She died at 28 in France in November after being hospitalized for two weeks with a lung infection.
She was initially admitted for 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 Caro told Swiss newspaper 20 Minutes.
Caro said that his step-daughter had died “from the successive consequences of negligence by the medical staff,” and has since filed a legal complaint against the hospital, according to London’s Daily Mail.
Isabelle started battling anorexia when she was 12. Over the next 16 years, Caro was repeatedly hospitalized after nearly starving herself to death.
Isabelle once described her obsession with dieting: “You’re stuffed with awful food like a fattened goose. You’re forced to gain weight [at the hospital]. And as soon as you’re released, you lose all the weight again. At least that’s the way it was with me.”
In 2007, the skeletal Isabelle gained worldwide attention after allowing herself to be photographed nude by celebrity photographer Oliviero Toscani.
The disturbing photo, which showed a sickly, emaciated Caro looking haggard, older than her years and unhealthy, was part of an ad campaign to highlight the dangers of anorexia.
“I’ve hidden myself and covered myself for too long,” she said at the time.