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Friday 29 August 2014

New inquest into Amy Winehouse's death

Amy Winehouse

The inquest into Amy Winehouse's death is to be reheard.

The singer passed away last year, aged 27, and a later hearing ruled her death a misadventure. The amount of alcohol in her blood was found to be five times over the UK drink-drive limit, with the star going on a binge in the run up to her death.

Suzanne Greenaway oversaw the inquest but was not properly qualified for the role.

She was appointed assistant deputy coroner in July 2009 by her husband, coroner Dr Andrew Scott Reid. Greenaway worked as a solicitor and barrister in Australia, but didn't have the experience needed to assume the position.

She resigned in November, with her husband also leaving his position.

It has been confirmed by a Camden Council spokesman that the new inquest into Winehouse's death will be staged at St Pancras Coroner's Court on January 8.

The singer was discovered dead in her home in the London borough of Camden on July 23 2011. At the time there was a great deal of speculation about her passing, following her high-profile battle with alcohol and drug addictions. Toxicology tests determined there were no illegal substances in her system when she died.

The star had been trying to straighten out her life when she died and was attempting to quit drinking. She had no alcohol throughout July, until the day before she passed away.

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