Amy Winehouse May Have Been Dead For Six Hours Before Being Discovered
More information has surfaced regarding the circumstances of Amy Winehouse's untimely death this weekend at 27. The Sun reports that the 'Rehab' singer may have been dead for at least six hours before being discovered in her bed by a member of her security detail on Saturday.
Winehouse's lifeless body was found at 4 PM London time on Saturday. She had last spoken to her people at 10 AM, saying that she was going to sleep. When she was found, rigor mortis had already set in, which indicates that she had been dead for some time.
Prior to her death, the singer, whose struggles with substances had been well-documented in the press, both British and beyond, had visited her doctor. She had been regularly receiving checkups as part of her treatment for health issues and addiction problems. The doctor did not notice anything awry with the singer. Later that night, she was playing drums in her flat, something that caused her neighbors to complain.
PEOPLE is also reporting that drug paraphernelia was not found in Winehouse's dwelling, although other tabs have reported that the singer bought a lethal cocktail of multiple drugs on Friday night. BBC is reporting that a postmortem exam was performed, but the results were inconclusive as to her cause of death. Winehouse's body has been turned over to her family for burial. An inquest for another autopsy has been "opened and ajourned until October 26" and "toxicology tests could take four weeks."
Her parents Mitch and Janis Winehouse visited the flower and memorabilia shrine that saddened fans erected at the Camden location where Winehouse resided, thanking fans for their support during this difficult time which has left her survivors "devastated and speechless."
"I can't tell you what this means to us. It really is making this a lot easier for us," he said regarding the tributes to her troubled daughter. "Amy was about one thing, and that was love. Her whole life was devoted to her family and her friends, and to you guys as well," he continued, sharing his grief and loss with mourners.
Winehouse's publicist, Chris Goodman, shed a little light on what is painfully obvious: that Winehouse was losing her battle with drugs recently. He said, "She was on the mend but she lapsed over the past month. Her death has come as a great shock. She was a fantastic talent and a sweet girl."
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