Amy Winehouse toxicology results show alcohol, no illegal drugs
Amy Winehouse had alcohol in her system when she died but "no illegal substances," a representative of the singer's family said Tuesday.
Winehouse, known for her soulful voice, her five "Back to Black" Grammys and her turbulent battles with alcohol and other substances, was found dead in her north London home on July 24. She was 27.
"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," the rep said in a statement. "Results indicate that alcohol was present but it cannot be determined as yet if it played a role in her death."
An autopsy conducted on the "Rehab" singer's body in late July was inconclusive pending results of toxicology and other tests. A funeral was held July 26, and Winehouse's body was cremated.
"She was trying hard to deal with her drinking and had just completed three weeks of abstinence," Mitch Winehouse, the singer's father, told British media after her death. "She said, 'Dad I've had enough of drinking. I can't stand the look on your and the family's faces anymore.' " He said she'd conquered her drug problems.
An inquest into Amy Winehouse's death was opened in July and will resume Oct. 26 in London. Authorities said they'd found no signs of foul play at the scene of her death.
Meanwhile, Mitch Winehouse last week delayed the startup of a foundation in his daughter's name, telling the BBC that the Internet domain name they'd planned to use had been "pinched" before they could get it registered, forcing them to hold off "for the time being." He'd announced plans for the foundation July 27 at the funeral.
After saying Saturday that he'd be returning donations because there wasn't a bank account in the proper name, he hinted at some success on Monday: "It seems we have got our foundation back. I will update you all tomorrow. Very positive. Mitch."
— Christie D'Zurilla
Reuters contributed to this report.
Photo: Amy Winehouse on stage in February 2008. Credit: Alessia Pierdomenico / Reuters.