An Uruguayan model, Luisel Ramos, collapsed while going for a final costume change and died despite the efforts of an emergency team trying to resuscitate her. She was participating in a fashion show during Fashion Week in Montevideo, Uruguay. The cause of Miss Ramos’s death was given as heart failure, but her father later claimed that she had been fasting for days. She had been on a three-month diet of green leaves and diet Coke after being told she could be an international sensation – if she lost weight. Quotes attributed to her father Luis suggested that his daughter had lost weight, drastically and deliberately.
At 5ft 9in and less than 9st, she had a body mass index of less than 18 â€” the level officially described as unhealthy. But at the show, it was said she was just over 7st. The World Health Organization considers a BMI of around 15 to be starvation. A normal BMI would be in the 20-25 range.
Ms. Ramos’s boyfriend, Hairo Berrondo, disagree with Luisel’s father regarding Luisel had been starving herself for days. Berrondo clarified that this [the starving] wasn’t true. Berrondo said that he has known her for ten years, and that he’s been her boyfriend for two and a half. “The night before the fashion show we went out to eat pizza, with two friends of hers…she had a diet soft drink but ate well,” he said.
In response to the different versions of the story being circulated by the media, the model’s boyfriend confirmed that “[Luisel] was neither anorexic nor bulimic.” Berrondo also dicsounted the possibility of her doing drugs or being an alcoholic. “She didn’t even drink beer,” he said.
An autopsy proved that the model did not suffer from an eating disorder nor was she addicted to drugs or alcohol.
Luisel Ramos died at the age of 22, on August 2, 2006.
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