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Amy Winehouse: Cause of Death Not Found; Album Rockets

Posted on the 26 August 2011 by Periscope @periscopepost
Amy Winehouse: Cause of death not found; album rockets

Singer Amy Winehouse. Photocredit: fyunkie

The death of singer Amy Winehouse in her Camden home prompted an outpouring of grief. Tributes to the singer piled up, physically and verbally. The cause of her death was suspected to be drugs: but now the toxicology report has been returned to Winehouse’s family. It can be confirmed that, whilst there was alcohol, there were no illegal substances in the singer’s system at the time of her death. A full investigation into her death will resume in October. Meanwhile, a portrait of the singer has been unveiled at Camden Town Underground station, and she will be honoured by Tony Bennett at the MTV video awards.

Amy Winehouse’s father, Mitch,  wanted to start a foundation in her name to help young people with drink and drug problems. But the name “Amy Winehouse Foundation” had already been registered as a company by Martin McCann, who said ”I’m not exploiting anything yet. I’ve just bought some domain names. Anybody could have. Detach yourself from emotions and think business.” It’s now, according to Mitch’s Twitter page, been resolved: “We have finally sorted the company and web site names. So now we can get cracking (started).”

The beehive-haired singer’s album, Back to Black, has now become the biggest-selling album in the UK in the twenty-first century, according to the Official Charts Company (OCC). The album, released in 2006, has sold 3.26 million copies, compared with James Blunt’s puny 3.25 million sales of Back to Bedlam, and Dido’s No Angel, which sold a mere 3.07 million. “Posthumous sales, of course, are nothing new; similar surges happened when Michael Jackson passed in 2009, and earlier with the likes of Aaliyah, Biggie, Jeff Buckley, and others,” said Entertainment Weekly.

  • Other possible causes of death. If drugs didn’t kill Amy Winehouse, asked The Week, what did? The magazine gave four possible causes. Emphysema, as Mitch had previously revealed that his daughter suffered from it. Bulimia, as she also battled with weight loss. Alcohol withdrawal is the least likely (particularly as she had alcohol in her blood). Finally, prescription drugs – the report only says that no “illegal” drugs were found – what about legal ones?

  • Colonel Mustard in the dining roomQueerty said, so it wasn’t drugs: “twist ending, yo! We still say it was the Butler in the kitchen with the candlestick. Or the ghost of Janis Joplin.”
  • Thank God she’s beaten James Blunt No. 1 said “the records we buy say something about us as people. Statistics such as best-seller-of-the-century will be how future generations judge our taste. And while we can feel a sense of satisfaction and achievement that Amy’s 2006 classic will define this decade and the last, we need to now make sure we buy a load more records of quality.” If we don’t, we face the shame of admitting that James Blunt was a bestseller in our decade: “Dad: “ ‘Well… there was James Blunt.’ Chlid [sic]: ‘James Blunt?’ Dad: ‘Yes.’ Child: ‘But he was shit dad. Your generation must’ve been fucking idiots.’ And the moral of this story is, buy more and better records. And don’t wait for the people who made them to die, next time.”
  • Thank God she’s beaten James Blunt No 2. Popdust agreed: We’re glad Winehouse’s “Back to Black” beats Blunt’s “Back to Bedlam”. James Blunt “is not the sort of person that should be rewarded with any kind of sales superlative, so we thank the good people of the UK for correcting their grievous error in judgment. We’ll choose to believe that the issue until now had just been general confusion caused by the similar album titles—any other explanation would be far more unsettling.”
  • It’s still a mystery. Pinkisthenewblog said “And there you have it … no illegal drugs. But something caused Amy Winehouse to die suddenly in the night. It seems to me, basely solely on my own assumptions, that even if drugs did not result in her death they did take a harsh toll on her frail body FOR YEARS and, well, something’s got to give at some point. You will note that the family was careful to make NO mention of prescription drugs. I understand they were asked specifically about legal drugs and they had no comment. But … I mean, at this point … does it really matter? Amy is gone, people will believe what they want to believe and nothing can really be done at this point. It’s all still so sad :(

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