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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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76.

I am Spartacus    

she died from drinking too much alcohol. Please explain why marijuana is illegal and alcohol is legal because you never heard of someone dying from smoking too much weed like you hear all the time with alcohol.

1057 days ago
77.

Everyones~A~Star    

Its a pity this rich, bueatyful, talented woman did not value herself as much as her fans did. Addicts hurt everyone around them. You have a choice. You always have a choice. She really could have chosen not to drink. Honestly it was an option. At some point you have to grow up and take your thumb out of your mouth or get your Darwin Award.

1057 days ago
78.

noel    

I actually have some new found respect for her. I know alcohol is a drug too but at least she was trying, RIP.

1057 days ago
79.

Fidel Sarcastro    

Lol I loved how the family went on and on about her not OD'ing on drugs. True she didn't overdose on pills or injectibles but the died of drugs none the less, alcohol is a drug of sorts and while she didn't die exactly as people would have expected, drinking herself to death was most peoples second guess and she delivered on it with flying colors. So Contrats Amy on living up to all out expectations.

1057 days ago
80.

Shelby    

I believe I read that Amy suffered from bipolar disorder. That could have been the real demon that did her in. We've had experience with it in my family. Substance abuse is common as a way to find relief from racing thoughts and anxiety. Getting the medications correct to find stability is tricky and must be coupled with superior personal care -- nutrition, rest, exercise. So sad.

1057 days ago
81.

Johnnyt    

Latta people in denial on here. Being drunk all the
time and thinking that makes you an expert on
alcoholism just proves you're stupid. The ones that
nearly died, successfully completed a rehab, and
have stayed sober for awhile are the ones who
know. Alcohol blood levels that are toxic enough
to cause death vary widely due to age, sex, weight,
overall condition of other organs, and several other
things. Her liver could have been so damaged from
either or both drugs and alcohol so that it would take
several days to process it. Her parents are probably
right.

1057 days ago
82.

Marcylu    

Too bad Amy didn't just use medical marijuana. She would still be alive even if she used lots of cannabis. She had great musical talent and is gone much too soon.
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1057 days ago
83.

the real diva    

it was bound to happen. such a shame..hopefully this will make people open their eyes and realize since this can happen to amy it can happy to anyone.

1057 days ago
84.

raisethetaxesontherich    

It was the demon in her head that killed her.That demon was so strong it made her drink everyday. I wonder what that demon or who that demon was?

1057 days ago
85.

StevenB    

My question is - which legal limit? 4x the US legal limit of 4x the UK legal limit.

Either way, it is a ridiculous, stupid amount of alcohol but I curious what the actual BAC was.

1057 days ago
86.

bb    

My guess is that she damaged her internal organs while on the hard sh*t so they could no longer even handle just the alcohol and prescription meds she was on at the time of her death. They should make Lindsay watch in on an autopsy of a person who has OD'd while she is at the morgue so she can see how much she's roughing up her body on the inside. If her teeth are rotting away you can bet she's showing signs of liver damage and heart damage...heart disease is even in her family, no? She keeps trying to botox away the faces of meth look so she can stay in denial, but maybe that image would haunt her enough to get clean. It's a shame about Winehouse, because she seemed to be at least trying to beat her demons even if it was half heartedly unlike Lohan who does not even try just denies, denies, denies. I think Amy could have been saved had she been convinced to get some external help more like Britney.

1057 days ago
87.

rockergirlohya    

And everyone thought it was drugs, everybody was so mean, and now they are a changed side??? Such a cruel cruel world we live in.

1057 days ago
88.

svizzy    

"Amy Winehouse's blood alcohol level was more than 4 times the legal limit at the time of her death"

legal limit?

1057 days ago
89.

Zeeshanranjha    

what she is doing....???

1057 days ago
90.

YouDontSay    

Poor baby girl. It could have been me. I hope she is in peace now.

1057 days ago
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