Entertainment‎ > ‎

No confirmation on cause of Amy Winehouse's death, police said

posted 24 Jul 2011, 03:50 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 24 Jul 2011, 03:58 ]
Despite rumours of a drug overdose, London police said there is no confirmation yet about the cause of death of the troubled singer Amy Winehouse.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (JULY 23, 2011)  REUTERS -   Amy Winehouse, one of the most talented singers of her generation whose hit song "Rehab" summed up her struggles with addiction, died in London on Saturday (July 23) at the age of 27.

The Grammy winner, famed for her black beehive hair, soulful voice and erratic behaviour on and off stage, was found dead at her new home in Camden a month after a shambolic performance in Serbia forced her to cancel her entire European tour.

Police were called to the address at around 1500 GMT and nearly five hours later the body was removed for a post mortem after it appeared she had lost her battle with drink and drugs.

"Inquiries continue into the circumstances of the death," said police superintendent Raj Kohli. "At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained and there have been no arrests in connection with the incident."

He said reports that Winehouse had died of a suspected drugs overdose were speculation at this stage.

Family members had long warned that Winehouse's lifestyle, which saw her in and out of rehab and blighted her career as a live and recording artist, could be her downfall.

The British singer was discovered by soul singer Tyler James at the age of 16 and in 2003 her debut album "Frank" was released, to general acclaim.

Her second album "Back to Black" was released in October 2006 and reached the No. 1 spot in Britain and earned her five Grammy awards, pop music's equivalent of the Oscars.

The album produced a string of memorable tunes, including "You Know I'm No Good", "Love Is a Losing Game" and "Rehab", which contained the line: "They tried to make me go to rehab. I said 'no, no, no'".