Amy Winehouse: Dad says seizure killed her, hints at more music
Amy Winehouse was a generous spirit who probably died of a seizure resulting from alcohol withdrawal, according to her father, Mitch Winehouse. And, he said, he hopes there will be more Amy Winehouse music released in the future.
The "Back to Black" singer was found dead July 24 at age 27 in her north London home. No conclusive cause of death has been determined, though toxicology tests that came back after the autopsy revealed no illegal drugs in her system. A funeral was held July 26, and Winehouse's body was cremated.
Mitch Winehouse, who was in New York for a jazz singing gig of his own when he heard of his daughter's death, spoke with Anderson Cooper in an interview that aired Monday and with Piers Morgan in a chat scheduled for broadcast Tuesday.
"Her legacy will be her music," the tearful and heartbroken father told Morgan (a clip from the interview is below). "Hopefully there will be some more music. I don't think there's a great deal to come, [but] there will be some more hopefully."
Add to that the five-time Grammy winner's posthumous foundation to assist young people, including those struggling with addiction; Winehouse said he expects it will ultimately "help thousands and thousands of children. And what better legacy could you want than that."
Winehouse believes his daughter died from a seizure brought on by sudden withdrawal from heavy alcohol use. He told Cooper that she'd been clean of illegal drugs for about three years, but had been prescribed Librium to decrease her seizure risk during detox.
"She had a series of seizures brought on by this binge drinking and then stopping to drink ... ," Winehouse said on the Monday premiere of "Anderson." "I think it's what the doctor said, I think she had a seizure and this was the time when there was no one there to rescue her."
The inquest into Amy Winehouse's death will resume Oct. 26 in London.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Amy Winehouse in July 2009. Credit: Toby Melville / Reuters