Coroner: Amy Winehouse Died From Drinking Too Much Alcohol

Amy Winehouse

The cause of Amy Winehouse’s death has been revealed. According to a coroner’s report, the soul singer died with lethal amounts of alcohol in her blood—more than five times the British drunk-driving limit.

Coroner Suzanne Greenaway gave a verdict of “death by misadventure,” saying Winehouse died of accidental alcohol poisoning after she resumed drinking following weeks of abstinence.

“The unintended consequence of such potentially fatal levels [of alcohol] was her sudden and unexpected death,” Greenaway said.

Police Detective Inspector Les Newman, who was called to Winehouse’s London home in July, said empty vodka bottles were found around her bedroom.

The “Rehab” singer had started drinking again in the days before her death, according to her doctor, Christina Romete. She was “tipsy but calm” the night before her death and had not spoken of suicide.

Romete had prescribed drugs including the sedative Librium to help Winehouse cope with the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, but the coroner said these did not cause her death.

Winehouse’s family was relieved to finally find out what happened to the 27-year-old. “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,” stated Winehouse family spokesman Chris Goodman.

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13 Comments

  1. yooo

    sooooo sad. addiction is crazzyy. i will miss her music and songwriting as no one right puts it down like she did.

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  2. Wilson1234

    true dat. And before yaw start clownin wit ya comments… be respectful of the dead. She was dope. And talented. And she got family still mournin. RIP AMY. U will b greatly missed.

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  3. @InfamousSirius

    its so sad that just like Lauryn Hill we were only able to get one album from such great talent. Addiction is a serious thing that should not be made fun of

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    Yawnin' Reply:

    @@InfamousSirius, she’s actually released two albums. But yeah you’re right. The first one’s called “Frank”. Listen to it, it’s real good :).

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  4. Boy Wonder

    Sad but addiction is a disease. And not to excuse Amy’s actions but people forget that this was a MENTALLY ILL woman! I’m not sure exactly WHICH mental disease she had but she HAD one and used liquor and alcohol to self medicate. But the media only reports on some spoiled rich idiot who drank herself to death. It was SOOOO much deeper than that.

    Don’t speak ill of someone with only half the facts.
    As Jay-Z said “Unless you was me, how could you judge me?”

    R.I.P. Amy hopefully your mind and soul are at rest.

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  5. DRB

    I’m sad again. Very unfortunate. One binge she couldn’t make it out of. Addiction is irrational. Her doctor said she wanted to live but couldn’t say that she’d stop drinking there and then.

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  6. DRB

    “When she asked Winehouse if she was going to stop drinking, Romete said: “She said she didn’t know. She was going to call me that weekend.”

    Though concerned she was drinking, Romete was not concerned about a risk of suicide. The singer had stated to her: “I do not want to die”. She talked to Romete about looking forward to “future things” and said: “I have not achieved a lot of the things I want to.” She had discussed plans for her birthday party.

    She said the singer had made “tremendous” efforts to stop drinking, and in the last month of her life had discussed “how to make positive changes in her life”.”

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  7. DRB

    Andrew Morris, Winehouse’s bodyguard, who lived at her home, said he had returned from leave three days before her death, and knew she had been drinking “because of the way she spoke to me”. Over the next two days, he said she drank moderately. “She didn’t over-drink. She wasn’t drinking to get drunk,” he told the inquest.

    He described her as being alert and calm during her meeting with her GP on the Friday evening at around 7pm.

    Winehouse had “big plans for the weekend”, said Morris. On Friday night he could hear her “laughing, listening to music and watching TV” in her room, and he last spoke to her at 2am on Saturday 23 July

    Recording her verdict, the coroner said Winehouse was “an intelligent and determined young woman who at times had successfully managed to abstain from alcohol. Such periods of abstinence were regularly punctuated with periods of alcohol abuse.

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  8. Coleworld

    What makes this even more sad is that she was making progress in changing her life and habits…and a night of binge drinking lead to this. So sad. She was one of the greatest artist of this past decade.

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    yooo Reply:

    @Coleworld, she might have been THE greatest artist of this decade. Her vocals and songwriting were so unique and original which really set her apart from her peers.

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    Coleworld Reply:

    @yooo, I agree.

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  9. Songstress

    Rest in Paradise Amy ! She was truly a talented artist with her albums Frank and Back to Black which are my two favorite albums of all time ! A delicate classic soul but the new artists from overseas are holding you down Amy…there will never be another !

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  10. Kyle

    Wow, 5 times the legal driving limit in London? She must’ve had a shit load to drink that night. So sad.

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