Just when you thought the story of anorexic model Isabelle Caro dying at 28 couldn't get any sadder ...
News has emerged that Caro's mother has now committed suicide over the guilt she felt about her daughter's death.
According to the Swiss newspaper 20 Minutes, Caro's stepfather Christian said of his wife: "[Marie] felt guilty for having put my daughter in the Bichat Hospital. My daughter did not want to go to that hospital."
I hate reading this sad news, but as a mother myself, it's not hard to imagine how unbearable Marie Caro's suffering must have felt after her daughter's death.
Isabelle made headlines in 2007 when she posed naked for a clothing advertisement that was meant to show the harsh reality of what anorexia can do to a woman's body. You can see the entire photo here (warning: It's not safe for work). She also made an appearance on Jessica Simpson's VH-1 show, The Price of Beauty.
As for the cause of Isabelle's death, Christian Caro has released a statement saying that he believes his stepdaughter died on November 17 because of negligence by the hospital staff.
But the hospital decision wasn't the only problem Isabelle had with her mother.
In Isabelle's 2008 autobiography, The Little Girl Who Didn't Want to Get Fat, she wrote that her anorexia started during her childhood, in part because her mother didn't want her to grow up.
As a mother, I worry all the time about the things I say to my children and the way I act around them. I know all too well the impact a mother's words and actions can have on the child's entire life, long after he or she has grown up.
If anything, this story reminds me to tread carefully with my children now. I don't want to have regrets when they're grown about how I acted as their mother. I don't want to be consumed by guilt when they're adults.
And I certainly don't want to feel like I'm the cause of their most difficult problems.
Rest in peace, Marie Caro.
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