Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning, rules coroner

amy-winehouse-autopsy-gi.jpg UPDATE: Presiding coroner Suzanne Greenaway, of the St. Pancras Coroner's Court in London, has ruled that Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning. "The unintended consequence of such potentially fatal levels [of alcohol] was her sudden and unexpected death," says Greenaway.

A spokesman for the Winehouse family says they are relieved to "finally find out what happened to Amy. 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."

The inquest into the death of singer Amy Winehouse is expected to reopen Wednesday (Oct. 26). The initial autopsy was inconclusive and no official cause of death was named when the inquiry took place back in August. The inquest will be conducted by the central London St. Pancras Coroner's Court. After hearing evidence, the presiding coroner will then rule on a cause of death.

A family statement says, "Toxicology results returned to the Winehouse family by authorities have confirmed that there were no illegal substances in Amy's system at the time of her death. Results indicate that alcohol was present but it cannot be determined as yet if it played a role in her death."

On Monday (Oct. 24), Scotland Yard admitted that a file outlining the details surrounding Winehouse's death, meant to go to the singer's family, had been sent to the wrong address. Police are investigating that matter.

Winehouse passed away July 23 and was found in her north London apartment. She had struggled with drug and alcohol addiction for the majority of her career.

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