Amy Winehouse death not by illegal drugs, tests show
The Associated Press
Posted: Aug 23, 2011 10:36 AM ET
Last Updated: Aug 23, 2011 11:02 AM ET
Amy Winehouse's family says toxicology tests show there were no illegal drugs in her system when she died.
They say the tests showed "alcohol was present," but it hasn't yet been determined if it played a role in the singer's death last month.
A statement released today by spokesman Chris Goodman on the family's behalf says "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 said the family awaited the outcome of an inquest that is due to begin in October.
Winehouse's father, Mitch, has said his daughter had beaten her drug dependency three years before her death, but he admitted she was still struggling to control her drinking after several weeks of abstinence.
Mitch Winehouse told mourners at the singer's July 26 funeral that she had said to him, "'Dad I've had enough of drinking, I can't stand the look on your and the family's faces anymore."'
The Winehouse family announced plans to establish a charitable foundation in the singer's name to help people struggling with addiction — although Mitch Winehouse has said the plans are on hold because someone else had registered the name Amy Winehouse Foundation.
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