When Amy Winehouse passed away last month at the age of just 27, virtually everyone assumed that a drug overdose was the cause of her sudden death. Rumors of a relapse, fueled by first-hand statements and a disastrous performance in Belgrade, raced through the British tabloids and made headlines around the world. However, through a spokesperson, Winehouse’s family just released a statement that claims that toxicology reports show that no illegal drugs were found in her body at the time of her death.
The statement, per the Daily Mail, reads as follows:
“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.
Results indicate that alcohol was present but it cannot be determined as yet if it played a role in her death.
The family would like to thank the police and coroner for their continuing thorough investigations and for keeping them informed throughout the process.
They await the outcome of the inquest in October.”
This seems to raise just as many questions as it answers: If there were indeed no illegal drugs present in her system, exactly what was it that caused her death at the tender age of 27? Was her death a result of alcohol poisoning and, perhaps, prescription drugs? Had years of heavy drug abuse just taken their toll on her system? Or was it some weird quirk of fate that caused her to tragically become the latest member of the infamous 27 Club?
It is important to note that the toxicology reports have yet to be officially issued by London law enforcement, and that the statement above came solely from her family. Regardless of the veracity of these reports, we will continue to keep you abreast on developments in this sad story as they come to light.
UPDATE (11:15 a.m.): TMZ reached out to Scotland Yard in an attempt to gain more insight on this matter. A rep told them that “the law enforcement agency has not yet received a copy of the toxicology results from the coroner.” Hmmm, this story is getting fishier by the minute.
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