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All Bonnie Lee Apple would tell a friend on the phone was “I don’t feel good.” A disturbing photo indicated problems.

Bonnie Lee Apple in 2016 with her friend Dr. Scot Silverstein, at her normal weight of about 140 pounds.
Bonnie Lee Apple in 2016 with her friend Dr. Scot Silverstein, at her normal weight of about 140 pounds.
Bonnie Lee Apple in 2016 with her friend Dr. Scot Silverstein, at her normal weight of about 140 pounds.

Published March 24, 2022 Updated March 25, 2022

Bonnie Lee Apple’s family knew she was not well.

Her ex-husband had complained to Ms. Apple’s court-appointed guardian, who has been in charge of her care since a 2018 aneurysm left her moderately brain-damaged, that she had lost considerable weight.

Whenever her twin sister went to her apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Ms. Apple, 66, was covered in blankets or sheets. Health aides said she was sleeping. When Ms. Apple’s 18-year-old daughter visited in early February, she thought her mother was near death.