A coroner is expected to be hear today (October 26) that Amy Winehouse‘s death was caused by alcohol withdrawal and not as a result of a drug overdose, as was initially reported.
An inquest into the singer’s death opens today at St Pancras Coroner’s Court, with Winehouse’s father Mitch and mother Janis both expected to attend. The ‘Back To Black’ singer passed away in July at the age of 27.
According to The Sun, sources within the Winehouse family have suggested that the singer’s death was most likely caused by sudden alcohol withdrawal after she ignored doctors’ warnings to cut down her alcohol intake gradually.
Reports in the days after her death suggested that the singer had died of a drug overdose, but this was formally ruled out earlier in the summer after results from the toxicology report found “no illegal substances” in Winehouse’s system. The report did however say that alcohol was present, but stressed that “it cannot be determined as yet if it played a role in her death”. This is likely to be determined during the inquest.
The inquest opens days after a report which outlined the circumstances surrounding Winehouse’s death was sent to a member of the public by mistake.