Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning, second inquest confirms
By Andy Malt | Published on Wednesday 9 January 2013
A second inquest into the July 2011 death of Amy Winehouse has confirmed the findings of the original hearing, recording a verdict of death by misadventure due to alcohol poisoning.
As previously reported, a new inquest was ordered after it was discovered that the coroner who had overseen the original hearing was not technically qualified to do so. Suzanne Greenaway had not worked in the UK for the required five years before becoming Deputy Coroner, after moving here from Australia. She resigned in November, followed in December by her husband Andrew Reid, the Senior Coroner for inner North London who had appointed her.
As part of the new inquest, a written statement was submitted by Winehouse’s GP, Dr Christina Romete. In it the doctor wrote that she had visited Winehouse the night before her death, and that the singer had “specifically said she did not want to die”, but added: “She was genuinely unwilling to follow the advice of doctors, being someone who wanted to do things her own way”.
St Pancras Coroner Dr Shirley Radcliff said that on the day of her death Winehouse had been five times over the drink-drive limit, with “alcohol toxicity [at] a level of alcohol commonly associated with fatality”.