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Saturday 20 December 2014

Amy's body: 'No illegal substances'

Toxicology results show there were 'no illegal substances' in Amy Winehouse's body at the time of her death
Toxicology results show there were 'no illegal substances' in Amy Winehouse's body at the time of her death

Toxicology results show there were "no illegal substances" in Amy Winehouse's body at the time of her death, her family has said.

The Back To Black singer was found dead at her flat in north London on July 23.

The family statement said: "Toxicology results returned to the Winehouse family by authorities have confirmed that there were no illegal substances in Amy's system at the time of her death"

It continued: "Results indicate that alcohol was present but it cannot be determined as yet if it played a role in her death.

"The family would like to thank the police and coroner for their continuing thorough investigations and for keeping them informed throughout the process. They await the outcome of the inquest in October."

An initial post-mortem examination proved inconclusive and an inquest was opened and adjourned with no cause of death given for the 27-year-old star.

Because of Winehouse's very public battles with drink and drugs, news of her death was quickly followed by suggestions it could be related to one or the other.

Her father, Mitch Winehouse, told mourners at her funeral his daughter had been the happiest she had been in a long time in the weeks before her death. He said she had "conquered" her drug addiction and was "trying hard to deal with her drinking".

In a heartfelt eulogy, Mr Winehouse said his daughter had recently "completed three weeks of abstinence" adding she had told him: "Dad I've had enough of drinking, I can't stand the look on your and the family's faces any more."

The inquest, at St Pancras Coroner's Court, is due to be re-opened on October 26.

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