Amy Winehouse's Father Believes Seizures Killed His Daughter
By Allison M. Dickson 2011-09-12 18:32:27
In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Mitch Winehouse, father of Amy, stated his belief that his daughter died from seizures brought on by alcohol withdrawal, a theory that has been passed around on the internet since news of the 27-year-old singer's death in July.
Last month, the Winehouse family made a statement regarding the toxicology results following the autopsy. While no illegal drugs were found in her system, there was the presence of alcohol. Mitch claimedin the Cooper interview that Winehouse was also taking the prescription drug Librium, which is used to prevent seizures during the often dangerous detoxification process, and that it was likely a series of withdrawal seizures in the early morning hours took her life. It's unknown how much alcohol was in Winehouse's system at the time of her death, or whether the Librium played a contributing role, but the inquest set to begin at the end of October will likely reveal more.
What is known is despite getting her addiction to crack and other hard drugs under control, the alcohol was the demon that ultimately won out. Amy Winehouse's death saddened many but shocked few, as her addiction problems were cemented in infamy through the media and her music, most famously in her hit song "Rehab." Since her death, her music has seen a surge in the charts, and her final recording, a duet with Tony Bennett called "Body and Soul," will be released this week.