Amy Winehouse’s death has been ruled a misadventure for the second time.
The singer passed away in July 2011, aged 27, and a later hearing ruled she died following an alcohol binge. However, coroner Suzanne Greenaway, who oversaw the inquest, was not properly qualified for the role and later resigned. Due to this another hearing took place at St Pancras Coroner’s Court in London, this morning.
Coroner Shirley Radcliffe has ruled the star “died as a result of alcohol toxicity” and recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.
There were no suspicious surrounding Winehouse’s passing, which happened at her home in Camden, London.
The star’s blood alcohol was found to be five times the legal UK drink-driving limit. It was also above a level which is deemed fatal.
The inquest lasted for 45 minutes, with none of the singer’s family present.
Greenaway was appointed assistant deputy coroner in July 2009 by her husband, coroner Dr Andrew Scott Reid. She worked as a solicitor and barrister in Australia, but didn’t have the amount of experience needed to assume the position. Her husband has also left his job.
In December, it was confirmed that a new inquest into Winehouse’s death would be heard. Her loved ones released a statement at the time, saying: "The family were happy with the way the original inquest was conducted and did not request it to be reheard.
“This seems to be a matter of procedure and the verdict is not expected to change.”
The original inquest took place in October 2011 and toxicology tests determined there were no illegal substances in Winehouse’s system when she passed away. She had famously battled alcohol and drug addiction and the court heard the star had been sober throughout July. The first day she drank alcohol during the month was on Friday 22, the day before she was found dead in bed.
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Tuesday, 08. January 2013