Yet last month, the New York Post reported that the star’s cause of death may have been misidentified. According to the outlet, Suzanne Greenaway, the coroner who oversaw the autopsy, did not have the appropriate qualifications and later resigned from her position. This led to Winehouse’s official cause of death to be reexamined.
Now Sky News is reporting that “alcohol toxicity" has been reconfirmed as the cause of the Grammy-winning singer’s death.
Dr. Shirley Radcliffe has announced on Tuesday that star did in fact die from excessive alcohol consumption.
"I'm satisfied on the balance of probability that Amy voluntarily consumed a large amount of alcohol in a deliberate act that took an unexpected turn and led to the death of a talented young woman at such an early age,” she said.
In a statement to the Guardian, a representative for Winehouse’s family said that they did not anticipate an alternate cause of death to be found.
"The family were happy with the way the original inquest was conducted and did not request it to be reheard. This seems to be a matter of procedure, and the verdict is not expected to change."
The R&B and soul performer was found dead by her bodyguard in her London home on July 23, 2011. It was reported that two empty vodka bottles were found on the singer’s bedroom floor. Winehouse had a blood alcohol level that was five times the legal driving limit.
Her death came less than two months after she was booed offstage during a disastrous performance in Belgrade, Serbia. Footage from the concert shows the singer stumbling through the show while seemingly intoxicated.
According to the Times UK, the singer was watching clips of herself on Youtube in the hours prior to her death.
The “Rehab” singer is one of several musicians to meet an untimely demise as a result of alcohol abuse.
In August 2011, Warrant front man Jani Lane died of alcohol poisoning at the age of 47. AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott suffered the same fate in 1980. That same year, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham died from alcohol-related asphyxiation.
Based on the Mayo Clinic’s definition, alcohol poisoning is typically caused by rapidly drinking five or more alcoholic beverages.
Discovery Health reports that excessive alcohol consumption can threaten the body’s ability to perform basic involuntary functions, such as breathing.
According to the UK’s National Health Service, more than 20,000 people were admitted to the hospital as a result of alcohol poisoning in 2010 and 2011. A total of 188 people died of alcohol poisoning in England and Wales in 2010.
The Center for Disease Control reports that 80,000 die from excessive alcohol consumption in the U.S. each year.
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