Amy Winehouse died from drink new inquest confirms

Jan 8, 2013

Second inquest into the death of 27-year-old soul singer confirms binge drinking was to blame

A SECOND inquest into the death of singer Amy Winehouse has confirmed she died of alcohol poisoning caused by binge drinking after "a period of abstinence".

The cause of the singer’s death on 23 July, 2011 was re-investigated because the original coroner was not qualified to carry out the role, The Guardian reports. Suzanne Greenaway, who was hired as assistant deputy coroner for inner north London by her husband, Dr Andrew Reid, resigned in November last year when it was revealed she had not been a registered UK lawyer for five years as required. Reid resigned his position as coroner the following month.

The death of Winehouse, 27, who was found fully-clothed in her home in London's Camden Town with two empty vodka bottles, is just one of the cases heard by Greenaway that has had to be revisited, says the BBC.

The new inquest headed by St Pancras coroner, Dr Shirley Radcliffe, "concurred with the original verdict" that the singer drunk herself to death. It recorded a verdict of "misadventure" and repeated the key findings of the original inquest that the singer had enough alcohol in her body to "make her comatose and depress her respiratory system", the Guardian says.

Said Radcliffe: "She [Winehouse] voluntarily consumed alcohol, a deliberate act that took an unexpected turn in that it caused her death."

Winehouse was "five times over the legal drink-drive limit" when she died with 416mg of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood in her system, the second inquest heard. Radcliffe said that was a "level of alcohol" that was "commonly associated with fatality".

Winehouse's family - who at one point threatened to sue over the original discredited inquest - were not at today's 45-minute hearing.

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