Did Alcohol Withdrawl Cause Amy Winehouse’s Death?
As authorities wait for toxicology reports on the cause of death of singer Amy Winehouse, speculation is mounting that alcohol withdrawal is the reason Winehouse died at her home on July 23.
During a speech for at the 27-year-old’s funeral on July 26, Winehouse’s father Mitch said the she had promised to abstain from alcohol and has been true to her word. A source close to the family told the media that doctors had advised Winehouse to gradually reduce her amount of alcohol intake, but she stopped drinking completely. The family suspects the shock this caused her body to be the likely cause of death, the source said.
Winehouse was found lifeless by her members of her security team in her London home and was pronounced dead on the scene by medical authorities. Over the past several years, the signer had substance abuse problem that was well-documented by the media. She had been in and out of rehab clinics, and was most recently in rehab for one week at the end of May 2011. She had also battled an eating disorder and had problems with emphysema.
Autopsy results on Winehouse were inconclusive and toxicology results are expected within the two weeks.