Trevor Phillips and his family are mourning the loss of his eldest daughter, who has died after a 22-year battle with anorexia.
Sushila Phillips, 36, a freelance journalist, died ‘peacefully in her own bed’.
Anti-racism campaigner and broadcaster Mr Phillips and his ex-wife Asha were both present for their daughter’s last hours.
News of the tragedy was announced on Facebook by Sushila’s younger sister Holiday, 33.
The heartbreaking post, shared yesterday by Mr Phillips, said: ‘Dear all – my beloved sister Sushi passed away on Sunday morning after a 22-year battle with anorexia.
‘She went peacefully, in her own bed, in our mum’s arms. Exactly how she would have wanted it.
‘She was one of the wisest, kindest, strongest and funniest people I knew.
‘Eternally compassionate in the face of unspeakable suffering, grateful for the small things every day – the sun on her face and a smile from a stranger, she had the most wicked sense of humour, and she was committed to fighting for justice for people suffering with mental illness.’
Holiday promised to continue her sister’s efforts to help those affected by mental illness ‘in every way I can’.
Her post continued: ‘She was a force and the most beautiful soul I ever knew. A best friend and an inspiration.
‘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.’
The post was accompanied with a picture of Sushila looking gaunt but happy, smiling as she sat in a garden with a glass of rose wine.
Mr Phillips, 63, wrote about his daughter’s battle with anorexia only last month in an article for The Times in the wake of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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Source: Daily Mail