Coroner concludes alcohol killed Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse died as the unintended consequence of drinking too much alcohol, a British coroner ruled Wednesday. Coroner Suzanne Greenaway gave a verdict of “death by misadventure,” saying the singer died of accidental alcohol poisoning. “The unintended consequence of such potentially fatal levels (of alcohol) was her sudden and unexpected death,” Greenaway said.

The singer, who had fought drug and alcohol problems for years, was found dead in bed at her London home on July 23 at age 27. An initial autopsy proved inconclusive, although it found no traces of illegal drugs in her system. Pathologist Suhail Baithun told the inquest into the singer’s death that Winehouse had consumed a “very large quantity of alcohol” — the level in her blood put her more than five times over the legal drunk-driving limit.

Police Detective Inspector Les Newman, who was called after a security guard found Winehouse, said empty vodka bottles were scattered around her bedroom. Winehouse’s doctor, Dr. Christina Romete, said the singer had resumed drinking in the days before her death after a period of abstinence. Romete, who saw Winehouse the night before she died, said the singer was “tipsy but calm.” She said Winehouse had not spoken of suicide, and talked about her upcoming birthday. Romete said Winehouse had been prescribed drugs including the sedative Librium to help her cope with the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, but the coroner said these had played no role in her death.

Winehouse family spokesman Chris Goodman said it was a relief to the family “to finally find out what happened to Amy.” “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,” he said.

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  • Ally

    Shocker. Didn’t the people close to her try to say she died from NOT drinking? Because she apparently quit cold turkey or something?

    • Al

      In fairness, she only had five times the legal limit. That was a light day for her.

      • Jujitsu

        How do they know it was “UNINTENDED”???

      • Dave

        @Jujitsu…Because they have no reason to believe that she purposely drank so much with the intent to kill herself.

      • Realist

        So she drank 3 bottles of Vodka all by her lonesome? I almost believe it. Have you ever drank a bottle of Vodka? How about two bottles of Vodka But 3? If you think this is open and shut do you guys have another thing coming. Wow.

    • RK

      Yes, glad that people can wake up now and stop making excuses because she had an interesting voice.

      • daisy

        I , sadly, agree with you. I dislike worshiping people who lived poorly simply because they were famous. Amy Winehouse and Michael Jackson are just the most recent of such cases. Both were self destructive and I am supposed to feel sorry for them? um, no. I manage to not od every day and dont have a quarter of the resources they did so wtf is their excuse.

      • Jill S

        Just as I had stated when this happened: She died from basically never drinking A GLASS OF WATER or eating a carrot. How long can your body run on empty?? 27 years is the answer.

      • Catherine

        People worship her artistic qualities, NOT her way of life. Should we just approve of artists who have a clean behavior? That would be the end of Hollywood and the music scene as we know it.

      • Trezza

        Maybe someday you will wake up and learn the difference between being “interesting” and having creative and artistic genius. Then again, maybe not.
        It’s not about excuses, it’s about feeling the loss of a talented musician.

      • B more Girl

        @ Daisy-OMG beware the MJ stans will come after you because like his family they refuse to see he killed HIMSELF!!! Amy was a talent but she had a problem and like MJ they paid with their lives…….the entertainment industry is so unhealthy!

      • daisy

        sorry but if you are worshiping her music its just as bad. She may have had talent, but there isn’t a human alive that deserves to be worshiped, and to do so shows great lack of character. You wanna mourn loss of life, mourn the little ones who die of starvation. mourn the mothers dying of breast cancer who FIGHT every. single. day. Don’t waste it on someone simply because they are famous. That woman made a decision to drink herself to death. She got her wish. End of story.

        I am not saying don;t listen to the womans music, but stop with the making her into some sort of hero. She wasn’t. Talented,yes, but I don’t feel sorry for her.

        and b more girl, I am not afraid of the MJ crazies ;) . They were nonexistent when they all thought he was a child molester, but since he died apparently everyone forgot about that part. Well, I guess I just have a better memory than most. I won;t pretend like he was a good guy. Talented, yes, but he was not a good person.

      • Kinna

        @Daisy…while I agree with you that you shouldn’t worship any celebrity, I am a MJ fan and I don’t believe he killed himself. He died as a result of doctor malpractice (MJ was a drug addict, no doubt, but no good doctor would have given him those drugs in that setting and then walked away.) And MJ was found not guilty of those child molestation accusations. He was a good person (look at all the money he donated to so many charities around the world!). Maybe if you had less hate, you’d be a better person.

      • DH

        @Catherine-Your statement is why artists can’t let it go. MJ worshipped fame and wanted his fans to continue to worship him (read those in denial on this board). That’s why he needed drugs. He refused to walk away an go enjoy life. I heard an artist say “I missed the stage and fans calling my name.” How sad! I LOVE me some Whitney Houston but when she made that “Crack is wack” joke with Diane Sawyer after a family was burned alive here in B more fighting drug dealers I boycotted her music!!!! I’m praying like h@ Dr. Murray walks so the family can GET REAL about MJs lifestyle and stop blaimg others. If they win the denial and book deals will get worse……

      • B more Girl

        @Daisy- You know how it goes. When a former drug dealing rapper dies SUDDENLY he was an upstanding member of the black community!!!! I remember when MJ called the record company racist for not backing his horrible rushed CD. Want to know how many BLACK people said “What comes around goes around. NOW he needs us??” I know the MJ fanatics don’t want to hear HONESTY but it is what it is. MJ was talented but he had serious issues that KILLED him….

      • Keith

        Really sad I’ve always seen her voice as sohmietng different out of all the music made nowadays;like it was a mixture of sohmietng sweet then hit with salt to make you be like Woah. She really was a talented chick in my eyes, drug/alcohol problems aside (she’s human,famous or not;don’t act like you don’t know someone with that problem;not defending,foreal:just saying.)And to those being sarcastic: They just want two minute laughs from strangers to make them feel like someone gives a hoot about someone else’s opinion they repeated;I mean,yeah.freedom of speech, but I didn’t know freedom to be a complete spineless tick was apart of that,too. I mean, gosh, she DIED, she was HUMAN;I’m sorry to say this, but I’d hate for someone they loved or liked were to have sohmietng happen to them and for them to be in the shoes hearing things like well,he did keep smoking or well,he was stubborn or well, look at him! it was bound to happen! ; grow up and get some heart because you’ll meet people in life that will really look down upon you with that grade kid humor . But may she truly R.I.P, she was so young.

    • RK

      What color was her liver?

      • Tooter

        Black, because it didn’t work.

      • Stacie

        After a period of abstinence, it went back to black (insert laugh track)

      • Ria

        Try inserting your brains before typing, “Stacie”.

    • Lathys

      Ne3o consigo rir com bagune7a, sf3 me de1 deepssero mesmo. TOC forte mas e9 a vida.Eu amei Jerry’s Painting (e9 um dos melhores, tem Leslis de trane7a e sorriso maroto do Ron) mas acho que Eagleton foi outro nedvel. Essa temporada ne3o teve um episf3dio que eu ne3o gostei mas em ordem de prefereancia os treas primeiros se3o: Ron and Tammy II ( melhor episodio da se9rie) Eagleton Jerry’s PaintingAdoro como eles trabalham os personagens em Parks, mostra que come9dia tambe9m pode ter sei le1 uma certa profundidade, ne3o seii se e9 a palavra. E esse 3 episf3dios fizeram isso com maestria.Ainda ne3o decidi se depois vem The Flu ou Soulmates.

  • Buffy Freak

    When did it become the business of the public to know how someone died? Other than determining if someone was murdered or died of some infectous disease that could impact the public why are we entitled to know the results of an autopsy unless the family wants them to be released?

    • America

      let me guess, you were one of those people who came in and screamed at anyone who pointed out the woman was a drug addicted booze hound, and then vehemently supported the idea that she died because of withdrawals. Feeling kinda gullible now ain’t ya, so naturally its nobodies business how she died.

      So, this would be about the time that everyone who is not a sycophant has the right to say “I told you so”

      • JerryL

        Yep, you sure told us so. Do you get a medal now?

      • Sloan

        I told you so Buffy.

      • B more Girl

        @America-You read MY MIND! hahaha I told my daughter Amy wasn’t clean…..

      • Buffy Freak

        Wow you couldn’t be any more wrong…I knew she had drug and alcohol problems and never bought the line about her dying from withdrawals. I’m just asking why people feel entitled to know how a person, any person, died? Why is it a matter of public record? And thanks for the ridiculously over-the-top response.

    • Tisa

      Ahem, this is 2011. We are entitiled to know every sad or happy detail of a celebrity’s life. We are entitiled to seeing them laid out, naked, on stretchers in the ER. We get to see into their coffins. We absolutely must know everything they consumed in the days before death, especially if they were thin.
      And while they’re alive, the cash-paying consumers, ah, fans, are entitiled to know who they sleep with, their favorite sexual positions (pictures and video, if available), their bathroom habits, if they have dandruff or oily skin, fave hobbies, workout schedule and diet. It’s part of the deal. Celebrities get talent, makeovers, money and doors opened. They just have to pay with their blood. (But it’s okay because newish actors get 7 million for a single movie–more than I will earn in the next 100 years of my life.)

      • Buffy Freak

        Yeah it’s really just pathetic and sad.

      • Heath

        Well, in this case, she was a public persona, and her death was public, so people want to know what caused it. Knowing the cause of death can serve as a warning to her fans, many of whom may want to believe that they can live that lifestyle without it killing them. Instead of thinking that she lived dangerously and died from natural causes, we now know definitively that yes, her risky behavior is what killed her. Sad. I don’t believe it was a symptom of being famous or talented, many people die of drug and alcohol abuse, and it’s more a symptom of depression and mental illness than anything else.

    • B more Girl

      @Buffy-No your question should be why does the family or coroner’s office feel the need to release her cause of death to the public? If I remember correctly several star’s families kept illnesses and manner of death private!!!!

      • Buffy Freak

        Is that true? Not sure what the laws are…I’m sure they vary from state to state and country to country. I do wonder why the family would agree to release this info since they were the ones claiming she didn’t die from drinking but from NOT drinking…either way it just doesn’t seem like it’s something that needs to be released to the general public.

      • B more Girl

        If one more star says “I wrote this book or put my business out there to help others I will SCREAM!” Is all the proceeds going to the organizations/victims they CLAIM to help….h@ no. It’s a marketing ploy to get sympathy to buy their product!!!

      • Dianka

        Hi Peter,I’d just like to say I loved your set at Leeds Fest. Me and a girl I met there called Lizzie wrote you a note, but I hhgily doubt we managed to throw it on stage for you to read it! I was on someone’s shoulders for Don’t Look Back Into the Sun, right in front of you, which was pretty amazing.You’re tribute to Amy was beautiful, brought a tear to my eye. (Unfortunatley at this point I was stood at the side I got pulled out by security as I was getting a bit squished and injured)But yeah, you were great. So so glad that you got out early or we’d have all missed out on such a lovely gig!Oh also, I’ve written this on here before, not sure if you will actually read this, but if you do I’d just like to say a huge great big thank you for replying to my letter while you were in prison it means SO much.Hope you are well!Lot of love from Leeds .Meg x

    • Ally

      Unfortunately, because she was a celebrity. It’s not always fair but when you decide to become a celebrity and seek fame, your life becomes everyone’s business. Just something that comes with the fame and money. Get rich, lose your privacy. It’s nothing to feel bad for them about, it’s not like they don’t know what they are getting themselves into.

  • Shecky

    As a person who has been known to knock back a few rapid-fire before things start spinning, I have to say that I am HUGELY impressed that Amy was 5 times over the legal limit. That’s professional-level alcoholism! She puts me to shame! I’m gonna have a drink in her honor. Not now, though, because it’s only 10am. Wait…that never stopped Amy!

    Amy, I salute you!

    • RK

      At least she wasn’t driving…

  • Michael

    Gosh, some of you are nasty. Yes, she died from excessive alcohol, which many people expected. This isn’t shocking; however, just because she had a drinking problem does not mean that she was a bad person. By all accounts, she was a loving person who got mixed up in some bad stuff and didn’t make it out alive. So, why shouldn’t I feel sorry for her? Why should anyone make fun of her and act high and mighty because she was suffering from addiction and you aren’t?

    • Bebe

      For some reason, we as a society are encouraged to be extremely judgmental about some things, such as alcoholism or overeating, but more tolerant about other things, such as sex and violence in the media or teenage promiscuity. Our priorities are really out of whack.

    • JJ

      Wait, by whose accounts was she a loving person? She was caught on camera saying racist things, she’s punched/elbowed/attacked more than a few people during her concerts and other public appearances, and has obviously done a huge disservice to her fans by being inebriated during all of her shows to the point at which she can’t even maintain her balance (look on YouTube for videos). I’m just wondering what accounts you were looking at and how rose-tinted their lenses are.

    • Ana170

      I recently learned that during Prohibition the US Gov’t would force industry to poison alcohol to get people to stop drinking. Thousands died. This was rooted in the attitude that people who drank (or used drugs) were worthless and undeserving of human compassion. It’s one of the few remaining prejudices that’s still acceptable. So despite the fact that they touched many lives and did a lot of good, MJ and Amy Winehouse are treated with the same respect a dead rat would get because they couldn’t overcome their addictions. Which is just sad.

      • Mifty

        Oh, for heaven’s sake. Don’t believe everything you read.

      • NLP

        Boy, how gullible are you? I have a great piece of land in the Everglades to sell you!

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  • jacko

    Wow.what a news flash. Who cares? Trash is trash, no matter how much money they have….losers

  • Damon

    You don’t say.

  • Barack Palin

    On the plus side I can say with 100 percent certainty that Amy Winehouse has not had a single drink for the last three months.

  • Another self-destructive person

    Amy Winehouse sang that she wasn’t going to “Rehab” as though it was something to be proud of. Well, Amy, you did not wind up in Rehab, you wound up in the morgue and later the graveyard feeding the worms. I suppose you will provide a lesson to others in how Not to live their lives. Amy Winehouse, nobody could tell you anything and now it’s too late. A lesson in the dangers of letting addictions run a person into the tomb. Considering all the substances she abused in her life, it might have been a toss-up as to which one of them was the one that killed her. If it was not alcohol, it probably would have been another drug that she liked to consume to excess. You can not help someone who does not want to help themselves and stop their self-destructive habits.

  • wow shocker not

    She killed herself. When you spend your days drinking alcohol and not drinking (or eating) anything else, hey, that’s what happens.

  • Michael

    No surprise about Amy Winehouse losing her life like that. I think when the fans turned on her and booed her like that, she just went further and further into the bottle to end her life.

  • Keysta

    not shocked on what caused amy’s death its clear she had a major problems, its just to bad her life ended so soon over something that she could of received help for but you can’t help someone if they don’t want to help themselves

    • Marina

      Kelly PIt seems you know nothing about the dsaisee called addiction. They are NOT that way because they want to be, they are that way because they are ILL and take drugs or drink to get a relief from their pain! That’s not much fun actually. Just look at Amy. Did she look like she was enjoying her lifestyle? No? That’s because she wasn’t. She was just a very troubled soul who couldn’t cope with life without drugs. I feel sorry for her.Rest in peace, Amy

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