Karen Carpenter suffered from anorexia, an eating disorder which was little known at the time. She died in 1983 at age 32 from heart failure caused by complications related to her illness. Carpenter's death led to increased visibility and awareness of eating disorders (Wikipedia)
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Karen Carpenter is a famous figure who died from anorexia at the age of 32. She helped to raise awareness of eating disorders after her tragically young death. Fans mourned the loss of her beautiful voice and wondered what would drive an individual to essentially kill herself. Karen Carpenter's death also caused many other stars to come forward and cite their own struggle with the disease and the pressure of living in the public eye.
Singer Karen Carpenter died from Anorexia Nervosa in 1983. Her death was tragic and unexpected- at the time, she was believed to have been recovered from the illness-her death brought more attention to the seriousness of Anorexia and eating disorders