Leave it is British television to continue to honor and leverage the ongoing international popularity (and curiosity regarding) Karen Carpenter.
Neither sensationalist nor simplistic, the documentary provides little insight into what caused Karen's death (it wasn't just from anorexia nervosa). What is does accomplish is to tell of fascinating story of human frailty and tragedy even in the midst of stunning international success. As Carpenters, Karen and her brother Richard Carpenter sold millions of albums and singles worldwide, creating a legacy accomplished by her. Karen's unexpected death in 1983 left fans confused, mourning, and always longing for one last song from the woman with the golden voice.
It's a compelling video to say the least. Rumors persist that in her true last hours, specifically the year before she died, Karen had long talks with a cousin who explained the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ to all that would give their lives to Him, trusting that He alone was the only payment to God the Father for their sin and the only way to heaven; that He alone conquered death on the cross. Eventually, Karen reportedly gave her life to Jesus and trusted Him for her future and for the forgiveness of where she fell short. If it's true, this evangelist relative will be forever thanked by the legions of Karen's fans. (By the way, the same offer of new life and forgiveness of sins has been made available to each of us- not just Karen. What will you do? Accept it or not?)
As for me, I will always be grateful to Herb Alpert and A&M Records for signing this talented duo. Karen's voice is like no one else. God broke the mold after he made her. Paired with Richard's delicate arrangements which beautifully showcased her voice, the Carpenters were a once in a lifetime musical act.