Cause Of Amy Winehouse Death Revealed: “Death By Misadventure”
After months of rumors and speculation surrounding the death of Amy Winehouse, 27, the cause of the singer’s sad passing has finally been revealed.
British Coroner Suzanne Greenaway announced Wednesday that Amy’s passing was a “death by misadventure,” less romantically speaking, Amy simply drank herself to death. When the Grammy-award winning singer was found dead in her bed by a security guard at her home in Camden, North London, on July 23rd, her blood alcohol level was more than five times over the legal drink-drive limit. “[Amy was] an intelligent and determined young woman who at times had managed to abstain from alcohol,” stated Greenaway. “Such periods of abstinence were regularly punctuated with periods of alcohol abuse. The unintended consequences of such potentially fatal levels was her sudden death.
Despite her accolades, the “Rehab” singer was known around the world almost as much for her frequent struggles with alcohol and drug abuse, as she was for her music. Some of her family and friends, like Tony Bennett who collaborated with Amy on “Body And Soul” for his Duets II album, have even stated that Amy somehow had the fruition to predict that the end was near.
“But what people didn’t realize at that time was she really knew—in fact, I didn’t know when we were making the record, now looking at the whole thing—she knew she was in a lot of trouble, that she wasn’t going to live. Bennett told Jon Stewart on the Daily Show. “And it wasn’t drugs. It was alcohol towards the end.”
Winehouse’s family released an emotional and candid statement following the coroner’s findings. “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.”
To learn more about the Amy Winehouse Foundation, visit www.amywinehousefoundation.co.uk.