The coroner described Winehouse’s passing as “death by misadventure.”
Since Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London home on July 23, speculation has swirled around the cause of her death. Winehouse’s notorious struggle with drugs and alcohol was not thought to have played a direct role in her death and she had reportedly been sober for some time before passing.
Winehouse’s father suggested she died of alcohol withdrawal, and the rumor seemed to stick.
Today, however, coroner Suzanne Greenaway announced the sad truth: Winehouse “resumed drinking in the days before her death after a period of abstinence,” and she died from accidental alcohol poisoning with a blood alcohol level five times the drunk-driving limit at the time of death.
Associated Press reports “Winehouse had been prescribed drugs including the sedative Librium to help her cope with the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, but the coroner said these had played no role in her death.”
A police inspector said a security guard found multiple empty bottles of vodka in Winehouse’s bedroom after she was discovered.
Before she joined the list of legendary rock stars to die at the tragic young age of 27, Winehouse had been working on a bunch of new material. There was her duet with old-timer Tony Bennet, which you can see below, as well as at least 12 other unreleased songs.
Her label, Universal, will no doubt release these as a posthumous collection. For all her struggles, Winehouse will be remembered as one of the most distinctive voices of her generation.