Soul singer Amy Winehouse, who died unexpectedly in July, succumbed to alcohol poisoning, a London coroner officially confirmed today.
In her report, coroner Suzanne Greenaway said, "The unintended consequence of such potentially fatal levels (of alcohol) was her sudden and unexpected death."
Winehouse, who was 27 at the time of her passing, had long suffered from alcohol addiction, a condition that she battled through the ups and downs of her whirlwind career. She last checked into rehab just two months before she died.
Found dead in the bedroom of her London apartment on July 23, the cause of the singer's death had been unclear. An autopsy in July was inconclusive, and there was no sign of drugs found in the home or in her system.
Winehouse's doctor, Dr. Christina Romete, saw the singer the night before she died. Romete said Winehouse had begun drinking again after a period of sobriety, and appeared "tipsy but calm," according to the Associated Press. She did not talk of suicide, and mentioned her upcoming birthday.
In a statement, a spokesman for the Winehouse family, Chris Goodman, said the family was 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," he said.
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