Amanda Brunker: 10 years on, I still feel guilty over my friend Katy French's death
Amanda Brunker has spoken of the sadness she feels when thinking about her friendship with the late model Katy French.
The Irish model was 24 when she died in 2007 and the 10th anniversary of her death is on Wednesday. She died an hypoxic ischemic brain injury, which means that the brain was starved of oxygen because of cocaine and ephedrine.
"Within a relatively short space of time she became Ireland's most recognisable model and then within another very short space of time, she got sucked into a dark way of life," Brunker wrote in today's Sunday World.
"I became instant friends with her when she first exploded onto the Dublin nightlife scene. She was just so likeable and fun and few could resist her sunny personality. I, amusingly enough, was known as an 'it' girl at the time, horrible tag, I know. She wanted to be known as a socialite too and was pulled towards people who could offer her that status."
Brunker, who grew close to her in the early days of her career said towards the end of their friendship, they were on different paths. "Although in her final year or two, we didn't hang out much, we always stayed in touch. Like with most people we ever cared about and lost, there will always be guilt."
The mother-of-two reflected on her regret at not attending her 24th birthday party in Krystle nightclub, saying, "I told her I didn't like her friends and didn't want to be associated with those people."
Brunker urged people to learn from Katy's death and "surround yourself with good people".