Winehouse had high alcohol levels in blood: inquest

Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:35am EDT
 
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By Naomi O'Leary

LONDON (Reuters) - British singer Amy Winehouse had more than five times the legal driving limit of alcohol in her blood when she died on July 23 aged 27, British media reported on Wednesday.

The "Rehab" and "Back to Black" singer had 416 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, according to the findings of an inquest into her death, compared with the legal driving limit of 80 mg.

A hearing in London also learned that Winehouse, who battled drug and alcohol addiction throughout her brief but successful career, had not drunk alcohol in July until the day before she died.

The findings backed reports shortly after her death that the Grammy award-winning artist had been trying to deal with her addiction but ran the risk of complications from binge drinking.

A security guard checked on Winehouse at 10 a.m. on the day she died at her house in Camden, north London, and thought she was asleep. He checked again at 3 p.m. and called the emergency services.

The inquest ruled that she had died of "misadventure."

"GREAT PAIN"

Members of her family, including her father Mitch, were present at the inquest, but made no comment to awaiting media as they left.   Continued...

 
<p>British singer Amy Winehouse performs at the Brit Awards at Earls Court in London in this February 20, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico/Files</p>