Presenter and health guru Kylie Jaye struggled with anorexia for two decades

The family of beloved TV presenter and fitness guru Kylie 'KJ' Jaye have opened up about about her silent battle with anorexia - revealing they only found out she was sick nine months before it ended her life.

Ms Jaye died two weeks shy of her 49th birthday in March after collapsing on the living room floor in her Gold Coast apartment.

Fans knew the Sydney-born Channel 10 and E! Entertainment presenter was deeply unwell for two decades, but the details of her death were shrouded in secrecy.

On Sunday, almost a month after her body shut down, her distraught family divulged the intimate details of her struggle with the eating disorder with the hope of shedding light on the silent illness killing millions of Australians.

Pictured: Kylie Jaye at the showing of Farah Angsana Couture held at The Chateau Marmont Penthouse on July 23, 2007, in Hollywood, California

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Pictured: Kylie Jaye at the showing of Farah Angsana Couture held at The Chateau Marmont Penthouse on July 23, 2007, in , California

Kylie Jaye died from a previously undisclosed condition at the the age of 48. She is pictured in her final Instagram photo posted March 3

Kylie Jaye died from a previously undisclosed condition at the the age of 48. She is pictured in her final Instagram photo posted March 3

Her little brother Isaac Humphries said Ms Jaye only admitted she had anorexia while lying in a hospital bed nine months ago and used a 'cover illness' for years to hide the extent of the disorder.

Mr Humphries said his sister wanted to destigmatise the illness, but felt hampered by her career as health and wellbeing idol who had a series of yoga and diet programs.

'Her media profile and reputation for healthy living may have made talking openly about her eating disorder even more difficult,' he told The Daily Telegraph.

Ms Jaye struggle with the illness since 2002 but the situation became dire over the past five years when her career became more demanding, and her organs started shutting down.

Pictured: Kylie Jaye, who died from anorexia at the age of 48 in March on the Gold Coast

Pictured: Kylie Jaye, who died from anorexia at the age of 48 in March on the Gold Coast

Pictured: Kylie with her brother Isaac Humphries. The pair were close and, on Sunday, he revealed she had anorexia

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Pictured: Kylie with her brother Isaac Humphries. The pair were close and, on Sunday, he revealed she had anorexia

Isaac Humphries (right) remembered his sister Kylie (left) as a 'devoted aunt, savvy and sassy'

Isaac Humphries (right) remembered his sister Kylie (left) as a 'devoted aunt, savvy and sassy'

She was never formally diagnosed with an eating disorder, but anorexia is listed as her cause of death.  

Mr Humphries said his family are proud of the way she spent her life highlighting the ways to get back to health. 

'These were unquestionably held as Kylie's true beliefs.. [But] the spotlight brings advantages and disadvantages, when it comes to personal health issues,' he said. 

The family have pledged to set up a foundation in her name in the hope that it will help destigmatize the silent killer, and have called on government departments to fund public health structures and support early diagnosis.

Kylie Jaye (pictured in 2005 promoting Pilates TV) used her well-publicised 'Self-Health' mantra to manage her medical condition

Kylie Jaye (pictured in 2005 promoting Pilates TV) used her well-publicised 'Self-Health' mantra to manage her medical condition

Pictured: Kylie Jaye at a cocktail party at the Crystal Palace at Luna Park in Sydney on October 27, 2004

Pictured: Kylie Jaye at a cocktail party at the Crystal Palace at Luna Park in Sydney on October 27, 2004

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