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Coroner: Winehouse Died From Too Much Alcohol
By ANTOINETTE BUENO
October 26, 2011
After months of speculation, a coroner says Amy Winehouse died as the unintended consequence of drinking too much alcohol.
According to an AP report, coroner Suzanne Greenway gave a verdict of "death by misadventure," saying the singer had "voluntarily consumed alcohol and risked the consequences."
A pathologist also told the singer's investigation Wednesday that Winehouse had consumed a "very large quantity of alcohol" and was more than five times over the legal drunk-driving limit when she died.
The British singer was found dead in her north London apartment on July 23, after publicly struggling with drug and alcohol problems for years. She was 27 years old.
"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 buildup of alcohol in her system over a number of days," Winehouse's family said in a statement.
"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."