The New York Daily News reported this week that the family of French model Isabelle Caro, who died in November due to complications from anorexia, had to face more tragedy this month. Isabelle’s mother, Marie, felt “enormous guilt” over the death of her daughter and decided to take her own life.
Isabelle’s father, Christian Caro, says his daughter did not die from pneumonia as had been previously reported, but rather as a result of negligence on the part of medical staff at Bichat Hospital in Paris. The Daily News reports that Marie sent a protesting Isabelle to Bichat after Isabelle complained of stomach pains. Christian says doctors there pulled Isabelle off life support and “put the model to sleep so she’d be less disturbed.”
“They should have never done that. She died because they disconnected her from the machines,” he says. “Two doctors took my wife and I separately and said, ‘You know, in any case, your daughter didn’t want to live.’ “
Marie Caro was naturally distraught after her daughter’s death, but it all became too much when controversial Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani – who took the famous photo of Isabelle’s emaciated frame for her “No Anorexia” campaign – described the model posthumously as “arrogant and self-promoting.” Christian tried to protect his wife from the news, but says “she couldn’t tolerate it,” adding, “She already couldn’t bear the death of her daughter.” Such an enormously sad story. Let’s hope Isabelle’s father will find the strength to go on and honor the memory of his wife and daughter.