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Amy Winehouse: Death Cause Confirmed By Second Coroner

January 09, 2013 12:30 PM by Megan Wilson

Amy Winehouse endured scrutiny during her time in the limelight.  The famous “Rehab” singer battled openly with drugs, alcohol, and eating disorders, and was found dead in her home at the age of 27 back in 2011.  The court threw her first autopsy out, but a second autopsy confirmed that the cause of death was accidental alcohol poisoning.

Amy had withdrawn from her tour earlier that year with a message on her website saying she was taking a step back from the wild life to get things under control.  An announcement on the star’s website said, “Amy Winehouse is withdrawing from all scheduled performances. Everyone involved wishes to do everything they can to help her return to her best and she will be given as long as it takes for this to happen.”  She was found dead in her home just a few months later, surrounded by empty vodka bottles.  Amy would go through times of sobriety, but eventually succumbed to her battle with substance addiction.

The first autopsy on the famous singer was deemed insufficient after the original coroner was found to be missing qualifications for the job.  The second autopsy, however, performed by Shirley Radcliffe, confirmed the findings of the first.  In a statement to the press, Radcliffe said that Amy, “Voluntarily consumed alcohol — a deliberate act that took an unexpected turn and led to her death.”  Her blood alcohol level was .4; the British legal driving limit is .08. With that much alcohol in her system, Radcliffe says that Winehouse could’ve just fallen asleep-and never woken up.

Witnesses testified to her state before her death.  One friend, who said Amy had been sober for two weeks, confessed, “She started drinking again because she felt bored.” He was one of the last people to see her alive.  In a phone call, her doctor said, “I asked Amy if she was going to stop drinking that evening and she said she did not know.”

Fans surely miss Amy’s soulful voice and her influence on music.

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One Response to “Amy Winehouse: Death Cause Confirmed By Second Coroner”

  1. Tomas Says:
    January 9th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    So alcohol was what finally killed her. Alcohol.. the stuff that’s “legal.” There was once a study done ( just google it )that confirmed alcohol was the most deadly of all drugs. Followed by heroin, then cocaine.

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