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Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 10/26/2011

Amy Winehouse: Coroner’s inquest releases verdict of ‘death by misadventure,’ cites alcohol as cause


Janis Winehouse, mother of Amy, leaves the St. Pancras Coroner's Court in central London after the results of the inquest were announced. (Leon Neal - AFP/Getty Images)
A coroner’s inquest into the death of Amy Winehouse has determined that the “Back to Black” singer died as a result of alcohol consumption, ruling it a “death by misadventure.”

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.

Amy Winehouse in 2007.

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By  |  09:24 AM ET, 10/26/2011

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