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Though Amy Winehouse had her share of well-publicized battles with addiction during her short life, the singer's family has just released a statement saying that no illegal drugs were in Winehouse's system when she died on July 23 at the age of 27.
"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," family spokesman Chris Goodman said in a statement Tuesday. "Results indicate that alcohol was present but it cannot be determined as yet if it played a role in her death."
When Winehouse was found dead in her London home on July 23, it was widely assumed that the cause was a drug overdose. After all, just the month before she had checked herself into rehab and then left after only one week.
But Winehouse's father Mitch was adamant that Amy had kicked drugs three years prior and had even quit alcohol cold turkey three weeks before her death. Though reports claimed that Winehouse went on a 72-hour bender (she was allegedly seen drinking gin and Redbull at the iTunes festival in North London) leading up to her passing, her father theorized that Amy died from alcohol withdrawal when she ignorned her doctor's advice to gradually ween herself off booze and instead quit abruptly.
And so, the mystery still remains: What was the cause of Amy Winehouse's death? Was her system so already destroyed that it just collapsed? Did she suffer a seizure from alcohol withdrawal? Or was it the end result of that rumored bender? An investigation into Winehouse's death is still ongoing, so hopefully Amy's family will get more answers.
"The family would like to thank the police and coroner for their continuing thorough investigations and for keeping them informed throughout the process," Goodman said in his statement. "They await the outcome of the inquest (into her death) in October."