Police plea on Amy Winehouse death
Published 23/07/2011 | 17:52
A senior police officer has urged the media not to speculate over the cause of Amy Winehouse's death.
Superintendent Raj Kohli said it would be "inappropriate" to discuss what killed the singer before a post-mortem examination has taken place.
Speaking near her home in Camden, north London, he said: "Police were called by the London Ambulance Service to a house in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05 today to reports of a woman found deceased.
"On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Next of kin have been informed, and I can confirm that the deceased is Amy Winehouse.
"Inquiries continue as to the circumstances of the death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained. There have been no arrests in connection with this incident.
"I am aware of reports suggesting that the death was a result of a suspected drugs overdose, but I would like to re-emphasise that no post-mortem examination has yet taken place and it would be inappropriate to speculate on the cause of death."
Winehouse had a well-publicised battle with drink and drugs during her short life.
Mr Kohli added: "I would urge media to avoid speculation that might cause further distress to Ms Winehouse's family at this difficult time.
"The death of any person is a sad time for friends and family - in particular someone like Amy Winehouse, very well-known nationally and internationally. My sympathy extends not just to her immediate family but to her thousands, millions of fans across the world."
It is understood the singer's father, taxi driver-turned-jazz singer Mitch Winehouse, is returning to the UK from New York where he was due to give a concert on Monday.