The Associated Press reports that coroner Suzanne Greenway issued that verdict Wednesday after determining that the Grammy Award winner voluntarily consumed an excessive amount of alcohol that led to her demise in July.
According to the Guardian, Winehouse was more than five times over the legal alcohol limit at the time of her death. Details released during the inquest revealed that she went on a bender after being sober for three weeks. Police recovered three bottles of vodka from the London flat where her body was discovered.
The results of the inquest are consistent with previously toxicology tests that indicated Winehouse had no illegal drugs in her system when she died.
As for that colorfully worded “death by misadventure” verdict, it’s simply a legal way of saying that Winehouse’s death was the result of voluntary actions on her part, and that no criminal act was committed. A similar verdict was famously issued in the case of Rolling Stone Brian Jones, who, like Winehouse, died at the age of 27 in 1969 after his body was dragged out of a swimming pool. Both drugs and alcohol abuse were reportedly to blame in his case.