In the months following the death of Amy Winehouse, the troubled (but also talented) singer’s official cause of death has been revealed by the coroner.
Upon her death, many speculated on what caused it, citing her drug/alcohol abuse as a likely cause. Well, as it turns out, Amy did, in fact, drink herself to death.
Describing the situation as “death by misadventure,” Coroner Suzanne Greenaway noted that Winehouse voluntarily drank excessive amounts of liquor in the hours leading up to her death on July 23rd.
According to the coroner’s report (via TMZ), Winehouse had more than 4 times the legal driving limit in her system at the time of her death.
Amy’s family has released a statement regarding the situation:
“It is some relief to finally find out what happened to Amy. We understand there was alcohol in her system when she passed away, it is likely a build up 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 to us that she could not win in time. She had started drinking again that week after a period of abstinence. It underlines how important our work with the Amy Winehouse Foundation is to us, to help as many young people and children as we can in her name.
“It means a lot to us and from the overwhelming messages of support we have had since Amy died, we know she meant a great deal to people all over the world. We want to thank everyone for that and for their continuing enthusiasm for the Foundation.”
Amy Winehouse was only 27 years old at the time of her death.