Amy Winehouse reportedly sought help for her drug and alcohol addictions from a celebrity psychiatrist prior to her death last week as the age of 27.
Dr. Drew Pinsky, who hosts a reality television program in the U.S. called “Celebrity Rehab” in which he tries to help actors and singers and others to deal with their various addictions, said Winehouse reached out to him in the days before her passing.
Pinsky told the Kevin & Bean Show on KROQ-FM in Los Angeles that the former model Janice Dickenson told him about Winehouse’s entreaties.
“I found out also yesterday that believe it or not [Amy Winehouse] was trying to contact me which was weird. Janice Dickenson told me that. I remember getting calls from Europe and thinking ‘what the hell is this?’” Pinsky told the radio station.
Pinsky also seemed to discount the Winehouse’s family explanation for Amy’s death: that she expired because she tried to quit drinking too quickly (alcohol withdrawal).
Pinsky explained that people suffering from extreme alcohol abuse can “get really, really sick and you cease and you become encephalopathic and confused, and your heart becomes erratic.”
No official cause for Winehouse’s death has yet been released by London coroners.