Amy Winehouse Died Drug Free

By Will Godfrey 08/23/11

The toxicology report finds no illegal drugs, but alcohol was present.

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The toxicology report on Amy Winehouse showed she had no illegal drugs in her system when she died, according to a statement released by her family today: "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." The statement added, however, "Results indicate that alcohol was present but it cannot be determined as yet if it played a role in her death." The findings—which match police reports of finding no drug paraphernalia in the star's London home—cast serious doubt on tabloid allegations that the singer purchased crack and heroin the night before her death. But they also go against the Winehouse family's reported claim that she had kicked the booze and was killed by alcohol withdrawal—contrary to alleged sightings of her in North London bars in her final days. While alcohol abuse on its own could easily have sufficed, Winehouse's body may still have been badly affected by her previous drug use, or indeed by her heavy smoking. The official cause of her death will not be released until an inquest in October.

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Will Godfrey is the former editor-in-chief of TheFix. He was also the founding editor-in-chief of, and previously co-founded a magazine for prisoners in London. His work has appeared in Salon, Pacific Standard, AlterNet and The Nation among others. He is currently the Executive Director at FILTER. You can find Will on Linkedin and Twitter.