Amy Winehouse‘s cause of death may have been acute alcohol withdrawal, or so her family believes. According to her family, Amy Winehouse had totally stopped drinking during the last few weeks of her life. Her doctor had allegedly told her to gradually stop drinking, but her family claims the British singer ignored the advice and went cold turkey instead.
An unidentified friend of the Winehouse family allegedly told the Sun British tabloid that the singer’s family believes alcohol withdrawal may have caused her death. “Abstinence gave her body such a fright they thought it was eventually the cause of her death,” the source said. People magazine has allegedly confirmed the family believes alcohol withdrawal may have contributed to Amy Winehouse’s cause of death.
Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can include nausea and vomiting, heart palpitations, tachycardia, hypertension and even seizures, convulsions and death when extreme. The severity of symptoms can depend on the degree of alcohol intake and length of time the person has been abusing alcohol.
At her funeral,Â her father,Â Mitch Winehouse, allegedly said doctors told Amy to gradually reduce her alcohol intake and avoid binging on liquor. “Amy told him she couldn’t do that. It was all or nothing and she gave up completely,” the source allegedly told the Sun. “Mitch said the shock of giving up, after everything she had been through over a bad few years, was just too much for her to take.”
The Daily Mail, however, has reported that Amy was suffering from a recent breakup and had purchased a large amount of drugs the night before she died. She was also allegedly seen drinking heavily.
The official Amy Winehouse autopsy report revealed nothing conclusive about her death. The coroner is now waiting on toxicology tests, which may take several more weeks, to hopefully give evidence on how the 27-year-old singer died.
No official cause of death has been determined from theÂ Amy Winehouse autopsy, which was conducted in London on Monday. The coroner will now have to wait two to four weeks for toxicology results to come back. Meanwhile, new details have been brought to light about the British singer’s final hours.
Amy Winehouse died in her bed at her London home in Cambden Square, according representative Chris Goodman. Goodman said on Monday that a bodyguard had been hired to keep watch over Winehouse and he was the one who found her body. Coroner’s officer Sharon Duff said the the “scene was investigated by police and determined non-suspicious.”
“She was in her bedroom after saying she wanted to sleep, and when he went to wake her he found she wasn’t breathing,” Goodman told MTV News. “He called the emergency services straight away. He was very shocked. At this stage no one knows how she died. She died alone in bed.”
After making an official identification of the singer’s body, Winehouse’s parents stopped by her flat in Cambden, where a shrine to Winehouse continues to grow. Among the candles and flowers, fans also left boxes of cigarettes and bottles of liquor.
Amy Winehouse’s father told a crowd of fans and media that his daughter “was about one thing, and that was love.” Mitch Winehouse said Winehouse’s “whole life was devoted to her family, friends, and to you guys as well. We’re devastated and I’m speechless, but thanks for coming.”
According to her family, Amy Winehouse had received a clean bill of a health from a doctor on Friday. Winehouse battled severe drug and alcohol addictions much of her life. She had allegedly sought treatment for these addictions as recently as last month.
Singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her north London home at the age of 27. No, this is not another one of those internet celebrity death hoaxes. Amy Winehouse was found dead at her flat in Camden Square by emergency response personnel around 1500 GMT (11AM ET).
The cause of Winehouse’s death is still unknown at this time, but a drug overdose is suspected, according to Nick Buckley of the Sunday Mirror. Officially, police are treating the singer’s death as ‘unexplained’ at this time.
London Metropolitan Police report they received a call for help for a woman in Camden at around 4:00PM local time. Amy Winehouse was reportedly already dead by the time two ambulance crews called to the scene arrived, according to the London Ambulance Services.