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Amy Winehouse

New Questions Surrounding Singer's Death

12/17/2012 6:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Amy Winehouse may not have died from alcohol poisoning ... this according to London officials who are launching a new inquest into the singer's death next month.

Authorities say ... the coroner who oversaw the autopsy when Winehouse died back in July 2011 did NOT have the proper prerequisites when she concluded the singer died from accidental alcohol poisoning. 

According to local reports, Assistant Deputy Suzanne Greenaway had been appointed to the job by her husband in 2009 -- despite the fact she did not have the required 5 years experience with the London Law Society.

FYI -- Greenaway's husband just resigned from his role as the coroner for inner north London earlier this month in the wake of the scandal.

Winehouse's family says they are NOT behind the push for a new investigation.

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Truth    

DOES IT MATTER? IDIOTS LIKE LESLO AND OJ ARE STILL ALIVE... ALL THE GOOD CELEBS ARE DEAD YET ALL THEIR ENABLERS, DEALERS, PIMPS, MOOCHERS, LEECHERS ARE STILL ON EARTH. SHAME! #TRUTH!!

612 days ago
17.

Rolm    

Who cares this Ho was a stinking mess

612 days ago
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Mumra the Ever Living    

Incredible. Why exhume a woman who was a drug addicted alcoholic? It won't bring her back to life, and won't change anything.
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I have a feeling that not dealing with a Law Society is inconsequential to her abilities as a pathologist.

612 days ago
19.

Jenn    

Uuuh, toxicology tests are sent to toxicology LABS. All she would have done is drawn the blood. I don't see how her credential affect outside tox screen results.

612 days ago
20.

TigerLily    

It's over and done with!

612 days ago
21.

Djdk    

She was freggin cremated! TMZ is rolling up the leftover's and smoking it!

612 days ago
22.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Really don't believe TMZ doesn't remember all the jokes people made about getting high off Amy's ashes. Maybe they're counting on a ton of comments to "correct" them.

612 days ago
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LadyLotus1    

Get up to speed TMZ!! exhumation?! Really??!

612 days ago
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Jericho Morton    

There may just be a material review, retesting of the 'samples. The 'test' that is best for an alcohol death is The Wieche Reduction. Here a slender tube of gauze is rolled tight, a hole drilled in the top of the skull to accommodate and support it in the brain tissue, then lit. Hers was still burning through this years Hanukkah.

612 days ago
25.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

They edited the article. Now a bunch of people will be lost and comment, "What the hell are you people talking about? The article doesn't say anything about that!"

612 days ago
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Uk    

The inquest into the death of Amy Winehouse will be reheard after it emerged the original coroner was not eligible to deal with it. Deputy Assistant Coroner Suzanne Greenaway recorded a verdict of misadventure after the Back To Black star was found dead at her north London home last year, aged 27. It has now emerged that she was not qualified to oversee the inquest. Winehouse had a long history of drug and alcohol abuse and was found to have five times the drink-drive limit of alcohol in her blood when she died. The original inquest into her death heard that she had died after going on a drinking binge following a long period of not drinking. The St Pancras Coroner's Court heard that Winehouse turned to drink after kicking a drug habit in 2008. She had been taking drugs to stop her from drinking but refused therapy.

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Uk    

Dr Christina Romete told the inquest: "She was one of the most intelligent young women I've ever met. She was very determined to do everything her way, including her therapy. She had very strict views on that." Ms Greenaway was appointed to the role in July 2009 by her husband, Andrew Reid, who was the coroner for Inner North London, after she had worked as a solicitor and barrister in Australia. But she stepped down in November when it emerged she did not have the requisite five years' experience in the Law Society. Dr Reid resigned from his position this month after investigators found he had not "thoroughly" checked his wife had the requisite qualifications for the position.

612 days ago
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Uk    

Under British law, Ms Greenaway would have needed either five years with the Law Society or five years of experience as a qualified medical practitioner. She met neither set criteria. A spokesman for the Winehouse family said: "The family were happy with the way the original inquest was conducted and did not request it to be reheard.

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Uk    

"This seems to be a matter of procedure and the verdict is not expected to change." The new hearing will be at St Pancras Coroner's Court on Tuesday January 8.

612 days ago
30.

Hohan    

Who's Amy Winehouse?

612 days ago
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