Family Believes Alcohol Withdraw Killed Amy Winehouse
LONDON, England – The Family of Amy Winehouse believes alcohol withdraw may have contributed to the soul singer's death, according to People.com.
Winehouse, whose body was found on Saturday at her London home, reportedly ignored doctors’ advice to gradually cut down on her alcohol intake and instead quit cold turkey.
An unnamed source told British tabloid the Sun the family believes this decision may have triggered a seizure which ultimately caused her death.
“Abstinence gave her body such a fright, they thought it was eventually the cause of her death,” said the source.
An autopsy performed on the “Rehab” singer failed to establish a cause of death. Post mortem toxicology results could take up to four weeks.
The troubled 27-year-old Grammy winner had battled drug addiction for years, having most recently checked back into rehabilitation in May only to leave soon after.
Winehouse had a previous near-death experience, including one her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, described in detail back in 2009.
"I knelt over her as she kept on fitting. But then suddenly she just passed out and stopped breathing," he told The Sun. It was the most frightening thing I had ever seen. I felt sure I was watching her die right in front of me. I didn't know what to do or how to save her. I held her to me - and I thought she was dying in my arms. But somehow I managed to open her mouth and breathe air down her throat."
Since her death, Amy’s album’s sales have continued to rise, along with YouTube video searches.
A touching private funeral for Winehouse was held in London earlier this week; during the service, Amy’s dad Mitch ended his eulogy with the words “Goodnight, my angel, sleep tight. Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much.”