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Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was a Grammy award winning English soul and R&B singer and songwriter. She was born to a family of jazz musicians and raised in London, England. She was signed to Island Records, and released two albums Frank (2003) and Back to Black (2006). Winehouse became known for using illegal drugs, and for mental health problems. On 23 July 2011 Winehouse was found dead in her London home.
The tabloid press regularly reported on the singer's problems with drugs and alcohol, as well as her self-destructive behaviour. She was married to Blake Fielder-Civil from 2007 until he divorced her in 2009. They were plagued by legal troubles that resulted in criminal convictions for both of them. He was sent to prison. In 2008, Winehouse had some health problems that threatened both her career and her life.
At 3:54 pm BST (14:54 UTC) on 23 July 2011, two ambulances were called to Winehouse's home in Camden, London. Shortly afterwards, the Metropolitan Police said that she was dead. An inquest to determine the cause of death is taking place. A commander of the Metropolitan Police said the death was unexplained. After her death media and camera crews appeared as crowds gathered near Winehouse’s home. Forensic investigators entered the flat as police blocked off the street outside. Her record label, Universal, made a statement that read in part: "We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer."
A post-mortem examination, where a doctor examined her body to find out the cause of her death, was held on 25 July 2011. As a post-mortem involves blood tests as well as physical examination, the cause of death will likely not be known for some weeks. Toxicological reports were published on 24 August. It says that she did not have any illegal drugs in her blood when she died. More detailed reports were published in October.
On 26 October 2011 a coroner (death doctor) said that Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning. This was later confirmed in January 2013. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-20944431
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