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Amy Winehouse Inquest: Singer Died of Alcohol Poisoning
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26 Oct 2011 10:45 AM EST

-by Drew Kolar, Editor-in-Chief; Image: Amy Winehoue’s father Mitch and stepmother Jane leave London’s St Pancras Coroner’s Court (Image Source: CNN/Getty)

After months of waiting—and a mishap where Scotland Yard says documents “may have been delivered to an incorrect address,” according to The Telegraph—the results of the inquest into Amy Winehouse’s death have returned.

Winehouse’s death is being ruled a “death by misadventure” after the 27-year-old singer officially died of alcohol poisoning after the singer’s blood alcohol content was five times the legal limit.

“She had consumed sufficient alcohol at 416mg per decilitre [of blood] and the unintended consequence of such potentially fatal levels was her sudden and unexpected death,” explained the St. Pancras coroner Suzanne Greenway, according to The Guardian.

Winehouse’s father Mitch and stepmother Jane both attended the inquest. According to police, three bottles of vodka—one large and two small—were recovered from her Camden home on July 23, the day of her death.

“It is some relief we finally found out what happened to Amy,” said family spokesman Chris Goodman in a statement. “We understand there was alcohol in her system when she passed away. It is likely a buildup 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 that she could not win in time. She had started drinking again that week after a period of abstinence,” he continued, reports CNN.

Toxicology results previously reported that “no illegal substances” were found in her system at Winehouse’s time of death. Meanwhile, her father and family believed that she may have died from alcohol withdrawal as a result of an intense detox. Postmortem autopsy results were inconclusive.

According to The Guardian, the inquest also found that Winehouse’s personal security guard, Andrew Morris, looked in on her at 10 a.m. on the day of her death but did not call emergency services for five hours, believing that she was asleep. He finally checked in at 3 p.m., and Winehouse had not moved.

As for the Amy Winehouse Foundation, an organization set up by her family last month to help young people who struggle with addiction, poverty and disability, Goodman explained that the ruling “underlines how important our work with the Amy Winehouse Foundation is to us to help as many young people and children we can in her name.”

Mitch Winehouse also has plans to write a memoir, Amy: My Daughter, which is scheduled for next summer. He said the book will talk about “the Amy that the public never got to know,” reports CNN.

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