BBC News Online: Anorexic pleads for help

8 August 2002

An anorexia sufferer, who has taken the name of a singing star who died of the disease, is fighting for better respite care.

Ellie Zavaroni, who took the name of her friend Lena Zavaroni after the singer died in 1999, is battling againt the debilitating disease.

She has not eaten normally since February 2002 and has lost a leg because of the disease.

Lena Zavaroni, a child star who rose to fame in 1973 on the show Opportunity Knocks, died of anorexia pneumonia at the age of 33.

BBC News: Online

Lena Zavaroni died of pneumonia in 1999 aged 33

Ellie Zavaroni wants special respite care