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Amy Winehouse Cause of Death: Too Much Alcohol

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    Flowers and tributes are seen outside the home of Amy Winehouse in London July 24, 2011. Winehouse, one of the most talented singers of her generation whose hit song "Rehab" summed up her struggles with addiction, died in London on July 23 at the age of 27.
October 26, 2011|2:55 pm

The verdict in the inquest of Amy Winehouse’s death has officially recorded the incident as death by “misadventure.”

St Pancras coroner Suzanne Greenway said the death was the result of drinking too much alcohol, which was over five times the drink-drive limit.

She said the “unintended consequence” of Winehouse drinking so much alcohol was her “sudden and unexpected death.” She had 416mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The drink-drive limit is 80mg.

"She had consumed sufficient alcohol at 416mg per decilitre (of blood) and the unintended consequence of such potentially fatal levels was her sudden and unexpected death," said Greenway.

The singer, 27, was found dead in her home in Camden by her live-in guard Andrew Morris on Jul. 23. Three bottles of vodka were found at her home.

Morris initially thought Winehouse was asleep when he checked on her at 10 a.m. But when he checked again at 3 p.m., he found that she had not moved and called emergency services. The inquest had previously heard that Winehouse did not have a drink in the three weeks leading up to her death. There were no tracse of illegal drugs found during the post-mortem examination.

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The singer’s family issued a statement upon the verdict of the inquest saying: “It is some relief to finally find out what happened to Amy."

“We understand there was alcohol in her system when she passed away – it is likely a build-up of alcohol in her system over a number of days.

“The court heard that Amy was battling hard to conquer her problems with alcohol and it is a source of great pain to us that she could not win in time.

“She had started drinking again that week after a period of abstinence.

“It underlines how important our work with the Amy Winehouse Foundation is to us, to help as many young people and children as we can in her name.

“It means a lot to us and, from the overwhelming messages of support we have had since Amy died, we know she meant a great deal to people all over the world.

“We want to thank everyone for that and for their continuing enthusiasm for the foundation.”

 

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