Coroner: Winehouse died from accidental alcohol poisoning

LONDON (RNN) - Late soul singer Amy Winehouse died from accidental alcohol poisoning, according to the results of a British coroner's inquest released Wednesday.

"The unintended consequence of such potentially fatal levels (of alcohol) was her sudden and unexpected death," Coroner Suzanne Greenaway told the St. Pancras Coroner's Court in London, according to the Associated Press.

Winehouse's blood alcohol content exceeded the legal driving limit - 80 mg - by more than five times.

Greenway's results concluded that Winehouse's body registered 416mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, according to reports from E! Online and The Sun, a British tabloid.

A fatal level of intoxication is 350 mg, according to British newspaper The Telegraph. Such a level can stop breathing and cause a coma.

The singer's lifeless body was found July 23 at her Camden apartment. Three bottles of vodka were discovered at the scene, according to media reports.

Dr. Christina Romete, Winehouse's general physician who saw the singer the night before her death, said in court that Winehouse was "tipsy" but lucid.

According to the doctor, Winehouse's security guard said the singer had resumed drinking July 20 after a period of abstinence, despite multiple warnings. But the singer wasn't suicidal, according to The Sun.

"She was looking forward to the future," The Sun quotes the doctor as saying.

In the wake of her death, UK tabloid The Mirror quoted friends as saying Winehouse's death came after "a binge on ecstasy and booze."

The sole drug found in Winehouse's system, however, was Librium, which assists with alcohol withdrawal, according to E! Online. Winehouse had stopped drinking for three weeks.

Winehouse's death was officially recorded as "death by misadventure," according to media outlets. Coroner's inquests are held in Britain when an individual dies of unexplained circumstances, according to the Associated Press.

"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," Chris Goodman, spokesman for the Winehouse family, said in a statement released to the media.

Winehouse's father, Mitch, took to Twitter to express his sentiments Wednesday.

"Amy was not a tragic person. She was a fighter," he wrote. "Dry our tears and let's get cracking."

The singer's death was greeted by worldwide shock. Winehouse, known for her unique vocal tone and raw lyrics, was just 27 years old.

Winehouse shot to international fame in 2007 after the U.S. release of her sophomore album, Back to Black. The recording received a wealth of critical acclaim, including five Grammy Awards.

Just two mornings after her death the multimillion-selling album shot to No. 1 on iTune's U.S. store.

In recent years, it was tragedy that replaced Winehouse's music in the headlines. The singer was troubled by addictions to drugs and alcohol, eating disorders, violent outbursts and trips to court, all of which were well-publicized and even documented on camera.

A summer 2011 European comeback tour was canceled after just one appearance. In footage from the Serbian concert, Winehouse slurs lyrics and stumbles idly around, appearing too inebriated to perform.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation was set up in the singer's name following her death. It aids charities that support young people in need because of issues such as addiction and financial disadvantage.

"Now we can remember all our good times together and concentrate on helping kids through Amy's foundation," Mitch Winehouse tweeted Wednesday.

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