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The mystery as to what caused the death of famous British singer Amy Winehouse has still not been solved. Toxicology tests have shown that no illegal substances were found in Winehouse’s system when she died, according a statement released by her family today.
"Toxicology results returned to the Winehouse family by authorities have confirmed that there were no illegal substances in Amy's system at the time of her death," said an official statement from Winehouse family released by spokesman Chris Goodman Tuesday.
Alcohol was found in her system but it has not been confirmed whether that contributed to her death or not, the family added in the statement.
"Results indicate that alcohol was present but it cannot be determined as yet if it played a role in her death,” the statement said.
The 27-year-old singer and songwriter was found dead at her London home on July 23. She had battled drug and alcohol addiction for years, having also struggled previously with manic depression and eating disorders.
Before her death, reports had said that the singer had been drinking Red Bull and gin at the iTunes festival.
Her father Mitch Winehouse, however, believes in his daughter’s sobriety, and has staunchly defended her saying she had not had a drink for three weeks, The Sun reported.
However, it has also been reported that the family of the singer believes that her decision to quit drinking could be the reason for her death. A source close to the family has said they allege the dramatic withdrawal and “shock” could have killed her as her four foot-eleven inch tall singer’s body could not handle the abrupt change.
"Abstinence gave her body such a fright they thought it was eventually the cause of her death," a source told The Sun.
The inquest about the circumstances of Winehouse’s death is expected to be concluded in October.