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Winehouse Toxicology Test Results: No Illegal Drugs In Singer's System At Death

By Joben, Aug 23, 2011 | Updated: Aug 23, 2011 | | |
  1. Joben
    LONDON — Amy Winehouse had no illegal drugs in her system when she died, and it is still unclear what killed the singer, her family said Tuesday.

    The family said in a statement that toxicology tests showed "alcohol was present," but it hasn't yet been determined if it contributed to her death.

    The 27-year-old soul diva, who had battled drug and alcohol addiction for years, was found dead in her London home on July 23, and an initial post-mortem failed to determine the cause of death.

    A statement released by spokesman Chris Goodman on the family's behalf said "toxicology results returned to the Winehouse family by authorities have confirmed that there were no illegal substances in Amy's system at the time of her death."

    It said the family awaited the outcome of an inquest that is due to begin in October.

    Winehouse's father, Mitch, has said his daughter had beaten her drug dependency three years before her death, but he admitted she was still struggling to control her drinking after several weeks of abstinence.

    Mitch Winehouse told mourners at the singer's July 26 funeral that she had said to him, "`Dad I've had enough of drinking, I can't stand the look on your and the family's faces anymore.'"

    The Winehouse family announced plans to establish a charitable foundation in the singer's name to help people struggling with addiction – although Mitch Winehouse has said the plans are on hold because someone else had registered the name Amy Winehouse Foundation.

    Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/...cology-report-revealed-no-drugs_n_934081.html


  1. Moving Pictures
    No illegal drugs. She had alcohol for sure. How about prescription drugs?
  2. Meow Tse Dung
    Good call MP on the prescription drugs.

    But wow, I don't think the world was expecting to hear that she didn't die of a Cocaine or Heroin Overdose... I wasn't.

    Meow =^.^=
  3. pathos
    Just watched Anderson Cooper show with Amy's family and her dad mentioned at the end she was taking librium. Um, that is kind of revealing. I do not know how they do things in the UK but it doesn't seem to be a good idea giving a known addict/abuser benzos in outpatient setting with little if any supervision. Maybe she had some supervision but she did die alone. AFOAF that works rehab said that no facility he knows of in the U.S would prescribe librium to someone in oupatient recovery that is a known addict unless carefully supervised by a professional around the clock. I loved her music and wonder why it is taking so long to determine the cause of death.
    (Reuters) - The father of British singer Amy Winehouse said he believed his daughter died of a seizure brought on by ending years of binge drinking. In his first major TV interview since the death of Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse told U.S. journalist Anderson Cooper that illicit drugs had nothing to do with her sudden passing at her London home in July.
    Mitch Winehouse said the only drug in her system was the prescription medication Librium, which is used to help people with the symptoms of alcohol detoxification.
    "She'd been clean (of drugs) for around about three years....Her problem was alcohol, the last few years of her life...She was prescribed Librium, which is a normal drug, which is given to people who are detoxing and it kind of decreases the chances of having seizures. She was continuing to take one of those pills everyday.
    "She had a series of seizures brought on by this binge drinking and then stopping to drink....I think it's what the doctor said, I think she had a seizure and this was the time when there was no one there to rescue her," Winehouse told Cooper in an interview broadcast on Monday.
    Winehouse's addiction to drugs and drink was well chronicled in the media and in her own hit songs like "Rehab."
    She was found dead in her bed at home, age 27, causing an outpouring of grief and sending her music back to the top of the record charts. Her final recording, a duet called "Body and Soul" with crooner Tony Bennett, will be released on Wednesday this week on what would have been her 28th birthday.
    Mitch Winehouse and Amy's mother Janis said they had been comforted by the reaction of fans. "In the most tragic of times it was the most wonderful experience that I think I have ever had in my life," Mitch Winehouse told Cooper.
    "When we stepped out of the house at one time, people came up to me and they thanked me for having Amy. That's when I knew, this is something else. To be thanked for giving birth to my child. That's wonderful," Janis Winehouse said.
    Cooper conducted the interview on his new syndicated daytime TV chat show "Anderson".
    (Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)
  4. LostAndFound
    I agree jplaw-in fact, as someone who has worked as a SA Counselor in rehab, we NEVER sent a client home on it-very low doses of clonipin, maybe, but not Librium. We DID have some dual disorder patients who were bi-polar, who had been on Librium for long periods either prior to, or along with the alcohol abuse. Their Docs put them back on Librium a week or so after discharge-with close monitoring. Unfortunately, these clients seemed to have a higher rate of relapse-whether due to self-medication or eventual Librium abuse-who knows.
    Joben-what happened to the posts on the other thread? (disappeared-I thought maybe you had moved them).
    I haven't been able to look for that article yet, (BAD day), but will check in a few minutes. I'll still be interested in seeing what comes out of the Inquest next month.
    I always felt a strange kinship with this artist, both in her music, and lyrics. And my eldest daughter, also a professional jazz singer, was once on a similar path as Amy found herself. She's now 29, finished her degree, and is an executive in a major corporation. She still performs, although mostly for benefits, or gatherings of friends. Hehee, "mom" lost HER voice somewhere between my 3rd and 4th "life" over the past,...uhmm, "50-something" years. ;) (I feel I've had at least 4 "incarnations" on this life journey. Probably just my ADD.... ;)
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