The troubled life of Grammy winner Amy Winehouse ended abruptly Saturday, July 23. The autopsy report issued by the coroner's office, Metropolitan Police reported Monday, indicated that the cause of death for the young singer was found to be inconclusive. According to CBS News, authorities now await the results of toxicology tests, expected to be complete in two to four weeks, to hopefully determine what ultimately led to Winehouse's death.
An inquest into the "Rehab" singer's death was held earlier in the day. Coroner's officer Sharon Duff read aloud Winehouse's name, birth date, and described her as "a divorced lady living at Camden Square NW1." She added, " She was a singer songwriter at the time of her death and was identified by her family here at St. Pancras this morning."
The inquest lasted just two minutes. Duff noted that a forensic post-mortem was being held, along with histology and toxicology tests, to determine the cause of death. She continued, saying, "the scene was investigated by police and determined non-suspicious."
As noted by CBS News , an inquest is required in the United Kingdom when a death has occurred from violence or questionable circumstances.
According to BBC News , Metropolitan Police said that the circumstances of Winehouse's death remained "unexplained."
As to whether or not the singer's death was drug-related, police spokesman Supt Raj Kohli said: "It would be inappropriate to speculate on the cause of death."
The singer's bouts with substance abuse and her numerous rehab stints fueled speculation that the "Rehab" singer might have died from a possible drug overdose. However, her residence was reportedly drug free.
Winehouse was found by a member of her security after she had previously told friends she was tired and went to her bedroom. Medical personnel were called in but arrived too late to revive her.
Amy Winehouse was 27-years-old.
BBC News lists four incidents of rehabilitative treatment since 2007.
In an interview with the Mercury Prize in 2007, Winehouse spoke openly about her addiction problem. "I'm of the school of thought where, if you can't sort something out for yourself, no one can help you," she said.
"Rehab is great for some people but not others."
Ironically, it was the single "Rehab" that would make Winehouse an international music star. Released in October 2006 in the U. K. and March 2007 in the U. S., the song peaked at No. 7 in Britain and No. 9 in America. The album "Back To Black," which included "Rehab," was a No. 1 hit in the U. S. and the top-selling album in the U.K. in 2007.
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