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Amy Winehouse Cause of Death Revealed

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Amy Winehouse‘s cause of death has been determined by a coroner and has now been revealed. Not surprisingly, Winehouse died from an over-consumption of alcohol. Her blood alcohol level was four times the legal limit when she died, which her family believes was due to a build up over the course of several days when she went on a bender.

Winehouse, who was 27 when she passed away on July 23, had struggled with drug and alcohol issues throughout her life, and especially during the height of her fame, and many of her fans and supporters had assumed that substances played a part in her death. While Winehouse had kicked drugs, she was still working to overcome her alcohol addiction at the time of her death and relapsed. At least now her family can start to achieve some sort of closure.

TMZ reports that coroner Suzanne Greenaway described Winehouse’s passing as “death by misadventure,” indicating that the ‘Rehab’ singer had ingested an incredible (and obviously dangerous) amount of liquor the night she died.

Winehouse’s family released a heartfelt statement about the matter, pointing out that the Amy Winehouse Foundation, established after her death as a resource for people battling similar substance abuse issues, takes on an even bigger role in society now.

The statement read as follows:

“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.”

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