“Rehab” singer Amy Winehouse, who died at the age of 27 in London last week, tried to enlist the help of celebrity recovery expert Dr. Drew Pinsky in the days before her death, the “Celebrity Rehab” host told Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM on Friday.
Speaking to morning-radio personalities Kevin and Bean, Pinsky revealed that the deceased “Back to Black” chanteuse attempted to reach him for help. Or, at least, that’s what infamously unstable “Celebrity Rehab” vet Janice Dickinson told him.
“Believe it or not she was trying to contact me which was weird. Janice Dickinson told me that,” Pinsky recalled. “I remember getting calls from Europe and thinking, ‘What the hell is this?’”
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During his interview, Pinsky also disputed the account of Winehouse’s death that the singer’s parents offered to the media.
“Just this morning, her parents put out some type of news release that suggests that what they believe she died of was alcohol withdrawal, which is a very interesting little theory,” Pinsky posited. “It’s wrong, it’s not what she died of, I can virtually guarantee you.”
In cases of fatal alcohol withdrawal, Pinsky said, “You get really really sick and you seize, and you become encephalopathic and confused, and your heart becomes erratic, and it’s not like you just drop dead like her parents are suggesting.”
Winehouse was found unconscious on Saturday in her London apartment by an ambulance service, which was unable to revive her. Authorities described her cause of death as “unexplained.” She was 27.