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Coroner's Report Indicates That Amy Winehouse May Have Suffered A 'Violent Or Unnatural Death'

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An investigation into Amy Winehouse's death will begin in Britain, after the autopsy couldn't identify her cause of death.

Corner Sharon Duff ordered a Section 20 postmortem on Amy, which means that she feels that "there is reasonable cause to suspect that a person has died a violent or unnatural death or in any other way which would require an inquest."

We're not 100% sure what to make of this, given the fact that her death was deemed "non-suspicious" at the scene of the crime.

Here's what Duff said to the St Pancras Coroner's Court:

"I bring before you the death of Amy Jade Winehouse aged 27, born on the 14th September 1983 in London. She was a divorced woman living in Camden Square NW1. She was certified dead at her home by a paramedic and a doctor on July 23. She was a singer songwriter at the time of her death and was identified by her family here at St Pancras this morning. A section 20 post mortem has been carried out and histology and toxicology taken to determine the cause of death. The scene was investigated by police and determined non-suspicious."

Guess we'll find out more once the histology and toxicology reports come back.

More than anything else, we truly hope that Amy wasn't in pain during her final moments. So sad.

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39 comments to “Coroner's Report Indicates That Amy Winehouse May Have Suffered A 'Violent Or Unnatural Death'”



  1. 1

    I think given the celebrity of this situation they want to make sure the play this by the book and investigate it to the fullest before rendering any and all findings to the public. It's going to be weeks if not months before anyone knows what really happened. She's at peace now either way.



  2. 2

    She was still a flawed human after all. I don't understand why people are so ridiculously mean about her death.



  3. 3

    "More than anything else, we truly hope that Amy wasn't in pain during her final moments. So sad."
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    I really don't believe her death was more painful to her than her emotional pain that drove her. My friends mom who drank too much wine and broke her neck falling down the stairs, my other friends Mom who did the same… these are painful ugly deaths, but the compulsion to suffer in active addiction vs get healthy, hurt them and their families 100 times over that final moment.

    Mario, I know your brain has shifted into empathy and for you if feels real and sincere. It doesn't forgive or forget your past transgressions because making amends usually is done before someone dies. Maybe you should find someone that is suffering that you currently mock, or call out their actions in a less than favorable way. Maybe you could make true amends in the spirit of Amy.



  4. 4

    Drugs are unnatural. That's why she ordered it. That's why they're waiting for toxicology reports. We knew this already, Mario.
    Don't be starting shit.



  5. 5

    Oh please. Stop trying to make this something it's not. No-one bumped her off. "unnatural death" + "non-suspicious" almost certainly means it was drug or alcohol related. There is nothing natural about that but nothing suspicious about it either. How about waiting for the toxicology report.



  6. 6

    People are ridiculously mean about her death, all of you who are saying such horrible things should be ashamed of yourselves. Who the hell do you think you are? Everyone has their flaws, some more than others and some have demons to face while others don't. So how dare you insult and judge someone especially when you didn't know them, especially now when she's dead. Some of you are more flawed than she ever could have been and should just be ashamed.



  7. 7

    Geez. No wonder conspiracy theories develop. Rerad what a Section 20 is in full. It basically means foul play OR they just couldnt figure it out the first time around. Clearly sounds like the latter.



  8. 8

    Addiction is a painful thing, I am truly sorry for her family and anyone that loved her, even though she was getting her life back on track doesn't mean the world has to be so mean to her. she was an amazing talent and i will miss what she could have brought to this world if she lived. but her music will live on in everyone that loved her music Amy will live on for what she could do … not her flaws



  9. 9

    Re: Geat real – Mark Ronson…. ok… I just read the article about her god daughter and Mark Ronson. I thought, no he couldn't actually have the audacity to pretend to feign compassion to Mark Ronson if he is the brother of Samantha? That would be too much and too close to ever be considered sincere, even he isn't that stupid. Now I don't know about you, but Amy, Kelly, Mark, Samantha, Russell, Katy, and then…. Mario.
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    I hope that this real event makes its way right to your inner circle, and they DO NOT GIVE YOU A FREE PASS, you can pretend to be their friend to us, but I hope they kick you to the curb when it counts.



  10. 10

    And the stupid breaking news banner is in poor taste



  11. 11

    Re: Valentina – Thank you Valentina, this is exactly how I feel. Poor girl doesn't have to endure idiots like Edgenet anymore. She is at peace now. We have her music and it will live on forever.



  12. 12

    This is disrespectful what half of you are saying, yh maybe she did bad things but still should respect then diss about her, and her family will not be wanting this when they are grieving so just stop it!



  13. 13

    Focus being on the word "unnatural" NOT "violent" here… calm the drama Mario.



  14. 14

    If a person dies from drugs and/or alcohol, it IS medically considered an "unnatural" death. A simple google check could have cleared that up for you…..



  15. 15

    and by violent and unnaural they mean she had a fight with her inner demons and the toxins in her body (aka drugs) ate away at her and thus killed her as she laid strung out on the floor in her apartment..!



  16. 16

    The police deemed the scene non-suspicious. The coroner says she may have suffered a violent or unnatural death. (No apparent marks, or injuries found by police or coroner on the body) An apparent drug addict found dead in bed and the manner of death is questionable??????? Didn't find any drug paraphernalia because the body guard got rid of everything. She had a doctor checking on her constantly who the day before saw her and said she was fine. HUmmmmmmmmmmmm Paging Dr. Conrad Murray



  17. 17

    I can't believe how rude and inconsiderate people are being about Amy's death. Did she make bad choices in life? Yes. It happens to us all, albeit some decisions carrying more severe consequences than others, but she was still a human suffering from a DISEASE. That disease being addiction. Anyone who has never had a struggle with addiction can never truly understand the depths of the addiction and the hold it has on your core and everything that you are. Whether she died from drugs or died of something else, many people are utterly distraught about this young woman's death. Someone lost a daughter, sister, niece, granddaughter and friend. To those people, it doesn't matter how Amy died. All they know is their loved one is gone. Put yourself in their position before you make such harsh remarks.



  18. 18

    Re: julz92 (xtina4eva xxx) – not entirely sure what your definition of disrespectful, but those of us who are very aware of addiction and are compassionate about the affects to both the person and their family/friends are not being cruel or disrespectful. Read what Russell said… that wasn't disrespectful, it was achingly honest and sad. I have found myself in the same place I was a year ago when I became a logged in user, Mario has hit a nerve with me. I call foul on his disingenuous ways…



  19. 19

    she joined the 27 club. Janis, Jim, Jimmy, Kurt now Amy all died at 27. Let the conspiracies begin. she'll be more famous now than ever. RIP. too young what a waste. lindsey is next.



  20. 20

    focus is probably on the "Unnatural" part of that standard … there is really nothing to make of it … it wasn't "natural causes"



  21. 21

    As the toxicology came back clean - proving it wasn't an overdose- there has been a difficulty in determining the exact cause of death and the circumstances of that cause. The only 'violent' aspect of it was the probable seizure that killed her. It doesn't mean violent in the sense that most people think of - not a punch or anything like that.



  22. 22

    Rest in peace Amy



  23. 23

    I am pretty sure that it is a general practice to do postmortums on anyone who dies in their own home unexpectedly, especially when there is not attending physician there at the time of death not matter what country. Also lets again focus on the word "Unnatural" because what is natural about a 27 year old woman dying. The word violent is probaly included in the wording of Section 20 so when the coroner made the statement she used that wording straight from the act



  24. 24

    Re: glamourextra
    The toxicology report won't be back for 2-4 weeks



  25. 25

    SHE WAS MURDERED BY BLAKE FIELDS CIVIL



  26. 26

    Re: glamourextra – the toxicology did not come back clean.. the coroner stated it takes 2-4 weeks to get the full results. Drug overdose definitely has not been ruled out.



  27. 27

    Re: Geat real – well yh i agree its just doing my heading how some of things people are saying like not on here really not that much that has been said about her nasty just some of the comments like (bury the filthy skank) if you know where i am coming from when she has just passed away to me is disrespectful.



  28. 28

    "A" person, or "this" person? I am confused.



  29. 29

    GagHag's next.



  30. 30

    Re: Geat real – Mark is Sam's brother. And, yes he helped her on her albums. RIP Amy!



  31. 31

    Re: tallguy10 – there actually is conspiracy she talked in 2008 about how she thought she would be in club 27 and look at the irony in her best known song too.A lot of celebs whoe died young talk about death and say ionic stuff before dying.John lennon,jimi hendrix,aaliyah all predicted their deaths too



  32. 32

    Man, look at her in that photo! She was getting so pretty again! Her skin was clearing up, eyes bright….I just so hoped we'd see her bounce back again. Back in her early, early days, she was truly gorgeous. She made her impact and I hope we won't forget her.



  33. 33

    What's a "corner"?



  34. 34

    geat real -I like your posts and usually agree with them. Thanks for your time.



  35. 35

    Re: Valentina – The only losers who make mean comments are the ones who have never been affected by alcoholism/drug addiction. Lots of ignorant people out there.



  36. 36

    Can I please correct your misconception of a post-mortem under Section 20.
    Most post-mortems are carried out in the UK under Section 19 and filed under Section 19. This basically means that the pathologist can immediately determine someone's cause of death (cancer, heart attack etc.) and that the death is probably the result of natural causes.
    When the pathologist cannot find obvious evidence of a cause of death and needs to take samples from the major organs to send away for testing, either to determine an exact cause, or to verify a suspected cause, they have to by Law in the UK apply for a Section 20. It doesn't necessarily mean that the person has died in suspicious or violent circumstances (although that can be attached to a Section 20), or indeed that they have died from foreign substance poisoning (such as lethally toxic levels of drugs or alcohol or other contaminants - heavy metals for instance). Part-1.



  37. 37

    Part-2:
    It's no secret that poor Amy Winehouse had a chronic abuse history with various different drugs, heroin and cocaine being her drugs of choice, along with crack cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine.
    When used in combination with eachother, and with alcohol, they produce a catalogue of different effects on your major organs. They can cause respiratory failure, an irregular heartbeat (something which Amy Winehouse suffered from), damage to the central nervous system, severe damage to the lungs, seizures etc. If you OD on alcohol, your entire system can simply shut down as your organs fail one after the other.
    We aren't talking about so-called "recreational" drug use here, we are talking about sustained abuse on a daily basis over several years.



  38. 38

    Part-3:

    Amy Winehouse may have ceased, or decreased, her dependence on drugs, but if she swapped alcohol for heroin and the rest, her body would eventually have given out.
    I suspect she died of massive organ failure due to alcohol overdose.
    To quote John Brick, M.D.
    "When the concentration of alcohol in the brain becomes high enough to depress the brain areas responsible for the control of consciousness and respiration, the drinker lapses into a coma, stops breathing, and dies within minutes. As a central nervous system depressant, alcohol can kill just as easily as barbiturates, heroin or other depressants, because when organs that are necessary for life support fail, so does the patient."



  39. 39

    Part-4:
    I'm only sorry that Amy never sought to address the neurosis that led her to abuse drugs and alcohol in the first place. Had she, we might not have lost a genuinely talented, gifted, charmingly irreverent entertainer at a pityingly young age.