Karen Carpenter suffered from anorexia, an eating disorder which was little known at the time. She died in 1993 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)
Karen Carpenter, and singer and drummer of "The Carpenters" died in 1983 at the young age of 32. Her passing was said to be caused by heart failure due to years of struggling to survive anorexia. Her death caused a surge of awareness for eating disorders.