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Coroner:

Amy Winehouse Drank

Herself to Death

10/26/2011 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Amy Winehouse
's blood alcohol level was more than 4 times the legal limit at the time of her death ... this according to the coroner who says the singer died as a direct result of over-consumption.

Coroner Suzanne Greenaway described the situation as, "Death by misadventure" ... noting that Winehouse voluntarily pounded an extraordinary amount of liquor in the hours before she died on July 23.

Winehouse -- who battled substance abuse issues for years -- was 27 years old at the time of her death.

Amy's family released a statement ... saying, "It is some relief to finally find out what happened to Amy.  We understand there was alcohol in her system when she passed away, it is likely a build up of alcohol in her system over a number of days."

The statement continues, "The court heard that Amy was battling hard to conquer her problems with alcohol and it is a source of great pain to us that she could not win in time. She had started drinking again that week after a period of abstinence."

"It underlines how important our work with the Amy Winehouse Foundation is to us, to help as many young people and children as we can in her name."

"It means a lot to us and from the overwhelming messages of support we have had since Amy died, we know she meant a great deal to people all over the world.  We want to thank everyone for that and for their continuing enthusiasm for the Foundation."

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61.

Sloane    

alcohol poisoning can be deady-- and that is what happened here!
sadly a preventable death had she received the right rehab/treatment

1009 days ago
62.

BigSur    

REALLY?! WOW! What's the most funny is how the press try to glorify her as some kind of "gone to soon" angel, but failed to mention she was a raging lush and drug user. I remember laughing when the first storie***** about her cause of death being something preposterous like "She died from trying to get OFF drugs and alcohol" and bull**** like that. NOW, that the story is old news, the real truth comes out. Honestly, good riddance. Save this earth for people who respect and enjoy the fact they are alive.

1009 days ago
63.

6one9    

Another FLUCKING idiot!!!
With SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much help out there `` too!
What a waste ```` and she could have had a decent life!

1009 days ago
64.

Different Rules Apply    

Very sad to hear; she was a lost soul. R.I.P. Amy.

1009 days ago
65.

Stupid People Hater    

The family is in denial of how bad she was.

1009 days ago
66.

Holly    

Looks like she went on one hellava last bender and by all accounts she was drinking alone. Sad, but Amy's self destruction seemed inevitable.

1009 days ago
67.

Kelly    

"More then 4 times the legal limit" ( whose legal limit? USA or UK) dose not tell us how much she had in her system and I doubt that is how it was recorded.
Use your big boy numbers TMZ and give us the amount.

1009 days ago
68.

MarkByrn    

First the family was touting that she died from alcohol withdrawl and now it turns out she was binge drinking. Unfortunately, the alcoholics of the world won't be interested to the reality; they're going to keep believing that they have to keep drinking or they'll die if they quit.

1009 days ago
69.

Willie'sNelson    

I feel realbad about this. Poor girl was trying. Loks like the addiction won. But at least her parents no she didn't plan it and was happy up to the end. And probly felt no pain. God bless, Miss Amy!

1009 days ago
70.

Ernie    

Who cares about Amy Winehouse she's dead, dead, dead, she's dead. She did her self in and she not coming back because she's dead, dead, dead.

1008 days ago
71.

Marie    

miss scott: 7 hours ago
I dont feel bad for people like that... Drink yourself to your death???? WTF... I hate alcoholics!... this chick killed herself drinking everyday.
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Alcoholism is a disease just like cancer and Aids so it does not make sense to hate a person who is sick with alcoholism.

1008 days ago
72.

tazer    

I don't believe this at all, dieing from drinking 4x the legal limit? For an alcoholic that is next to nothing a slight buzz at best. If she died from liver failure then you can blame the alcohol but you don't simply drink yourself to death unless you bang 5 bottles of vodka in an hour.

1008 days ago
73.

Pete Beau    

Alcohol---always was, always will be---THE most abused drug on the planet, responsible for more heartache and misery, poverty and death, than any illegal drug.
RIP, Amy, we cherish the music you left us.

1008 days ago
74.

The Neko Nation    

R.I.P. Amy Winehouse.

1008 days ago
75.

LI_Mom    

I think her parents are trying to say that she was on a days long binge that caused her death.

Of course they know all too well the sad facts of getting drunk, blacking out & waking up & doing it all again.... they're simply responding to the reporting of the official autopsy findings.

Hopefully they'll find a way to help others through this tragedy.

1008 days ago
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