September 10, 2011 10:42
'Amy Winehouse died of seizure caused by alcohol detox', says dad Mitch
Late singer's boyfriend Reg Traviss admits he 'didn't want to nag' her about drinking
The taxi driver-turned crooner said it's his belief that his daughter "did detox to excess" before she died in her London flat on July 23.
Speaking on Anderson Cooper's new US chatshow Anderson, Mitch commented:
Everything Amy did, she did to excess. She drank to excess and did detox to excess.
Appearing alongside his wife Janis and Reg Traviss, Winehouse's boyfriend at the time of her death, Mitch said his daughter was "heading in the right direction" before her death.
"The periods of abstinence were becoming longer, and the periods of drinking were becoming shorter," Associated Press reports him as saying.
Toxicology reports published last month ruled out a drugs overdose as the cause of Winehouse's death, although it confirmed alcohol was present in her system.
Meanwhile, Traviss admitted he struggled to broach the subject of the singer's drinking without sounding as if he was nagging.
She was a really clever girl. She knew what she was doing. I would sometimes choose my moments when there was something that was needed to be said.
Anderson is due to premiere across the US on Monday (September 12).
Meanwhile, Amy Winehouse's album 'Back To Black' recently became the UK's biggest-selling album of the 21st century. The second studio LP from Winehouse, which was originally released in 2006, has shifted an extra 175,000 units since the singer's death.
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