Trevor Phillips heartache as eldest daughter, 36, dies after 22-year anorexia fight

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Trevor Phillips heartache as eldest daughter, 36, dies after 22-year anorexia fight

ANTI-RACISM campaigner Trevor Philips is mourning the death of his eldest daughter after she died following a 22-year fight with anorexia. Sushi

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ANTI-RACISM campaigner Trevor Philips is mourning the death of his eldest daughter after she died following a 22-year fight with anorexia.

Sushila Phillips, 36, a freelance journalist, died “peacefully, in her own bed” on Sunday.

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Anti-racism campaigner Trevor Philips with his eldest daughter Sushila[/caption]

Sushila Phillips died on Sunday at the age of 36

The tragic loss was announced on social media by her younger sister Holiday, 33.

The heartbreaking post reads: “Dear beautiful community – my beloved sister Sushi passed away on Sunday morning.

“She went peacefully, in her own bed, in our mums arms. Exactly how she would have wanted it.

“Even until the end she was thanking everyone around her. After she was gone, I found a whole pile of yet unwritten thank you cards on her desk, we think they were to send to the many nurses who have cared for her.

“Whilst so much of her life was suffering, her legacy will be unconditional gratitude. “

Ms Philips added that her sister was thankful for all the “outpouring of love and support.”

She went peacefully, in her own bed, in our mums arms. Exactly how she would have wanted it.


Holiday Phillips

She continued “Me and my sister so often used to dream of each other and in our dreams, the other was always a bird (so strange?!).

“If you can spare a moment today, perhaps you could look up to the sky and catch sight of a bird and wish them well.

“To my beloved sister – Go gently little bird to the great beyond. There are a thousand arms waiting to embrace you. To tell you that you are finally free. Love always, your little sister xxx.”

Countless tributes have been left on her post on Facebook and Instagram with many offering their condolences.

FAMILY AGONY

Broadcaster Mr Philips opened up about his daughter’s battle with anorexia in an article for The Times last month, where he compared his daughter’s struggles to those described by Meghan Markle.

He wrote: “I have too much skin in the game to be neutral about the row sparked this week by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

“And though I have thankfully never sunk to the despair described by the duchess, our family has spent more than two decades watching helplessly as my older daughter battled a severe eating disorder.

“Hours before writing these words she and I bade farewell on a familiar threshold: the specialist unit to which she admits herself periodically when the daily struggle against her demons proves just too exhausting.

“None of us can truly know what the duke and duchess experienced when they talk about the toll on their mental health.

Philips has opened about his daughter’s battle with anorexia
Trevor Philips compared his daughter’s struggles to those described by Meghan Markle


“But I do know what it feels like to have to pin your teenage child to the floor of a speeding car to prevent her throwing herself out of the door.

“I understand what it is to hear that she may not live long enough to go to university.

“I have met the girls with whom she shared the hellish wards reserved for the most distressed, and learnt not to look away when she tells me that I’ll never see one of them again because she has taken her own life.”

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