Cops slam Winehouse overdose rumours

2011-07-24 07:10

London - Police said it was inappropriate to speculate on the circumstances of Amy Winehouse's death on Saturday, following reports that the troubled British soul singer died of a drug overdose.

In a statement outside the singer's cordoned off north London home, where her body was found by the emergency services, a Metropolitan Police spokesperson confirmed her death and said a post-mortem was yet to take place.

Winehouse had well-publicised battles with drug and alcohol addictions and cancelled a European summer comeback tour after a wayward opening performance last month.

"Police were called by the London Ambulance Service to a house in Camden Square shortly before 16:05, following reports of a woman found deceased," Superintendent Raj Kohli told reporters.

"On arrival, officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene. Next of kin have been informed, and I can confirm that the deceased is Amy Winehouse.

No arrests

"Enquiries continue into the circumstances of her death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained and there have been no arrests in connection with the incident.

"I am aware of reports suggesting this death is the result of a suspected drugs overdose, but I would like to re-emphasise that no post-mortem examination has yet taken place and it would be inappropriate to speculate on the cause of death.

"I would urge media to avoid speculation that might cause further distress to Ms Winehouse's family at this difficult time.

"The death of any person is a sad time for friends and family, particularly in the case of Amy Winehouse, someone very well-known nationally and internationally.

"My sympathy extends not just to her immediate family but to thousands of millions of fans across the world."

Urging respect for those grieving, he added: "Clearly there will be some floral tributes here and we will arrange so that people can easily lay those flowers."


  • VargVikernes - 2011-07-24 08:33

    Maybe they couldd get Rupert Murdoch's Newscorp to hack her cell phone to find out what happenned.

  • Hux - 2011-07-24 08:47

    Very sad.....but, do drugs you die!

      hollochris - 2011-07-24 09:01

      hope all ye stupid teenagers playing with drugs take note!!!

      James - 2011-07-24 13:47

      People forget that these artists have money up the wazzo and generally die from hard core drug use. Which you will die from. Rather say something like you won't die from weed, it's really a nothing drug on the scale of drugs, e is even less harmful than weed. Acid, well it's not addictive and cannot kill you but it sure as hell might mess you up a bit. alcohol is only dangerous because it's legal and socially acceptable. When we start talking the coke, meth, crack etc... that's where the danger lies. Please don't group it and say "all drugs = death", that way has not worked yet and will not ever work.

  • Fry - 2011-07-24 09:02

    Um Yeah, cause it's so unlikely it's a drug overdose...

  • LuLuBug - 2011-07-24 09:20

    VERY talented Girl! May she rest in peace.

  • - 2011-07-24 09:22

    I think "inappropriate" is the wrong word!

  • Scaramouche - 2011-07-24 10:17

    Back to black. Although it is very sad, it is not surprising.

  • Marcell - 2011-07-24 13:16

    Thousands of millions of fans? I didn't even know her.

      LuLuBug - 2011-07-24 15:39

      Marcell, where have u been hiding? I am a pensioner and I have known about her superb voice for years!!

      Umfubi - 2011-07-24 17:28

      Yea, Hyperbole Rulz OK!

      BardofAvon - 2011-07-24 20:02

      It's not too late to buy one of her records, Marcell.

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-25 12:30

      Marcell she was a very talented artist with an exceptional voice. Do yourself a favor and listen to her music. R.I.P Amy, it is a very sad and tragic loss

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-07-24 13:25

    Devils Advocate: She could've died for a drug overdose or if she went cold turkey off the hard drugs she was on, her body could've shut down because it couldn't handle it. Though must be honest, my money is on drug overdoes. She didn't want the help that was offered to her so often.

  • Amanda - 2011-07-24 17:42

    any person who uses drugs is a sad situation, any person who struggles addiction is even sadder and when they die as a result of drugs the world has so much to say about it. are any one of you AFFECTED by a drug user relative or friend. by affected I mean have you 'lost' a love one due to drug addiction? do you see them 'suffer' do you know the sadness of trying to help them, see how they are trying to help themselves, but the evil desire to use take over and they relapse? Lets not have to many opinions about drug users, as we might have a close loved one also addicted. funny how family and true friends of addicts never judge addiction...

      LuLuBug - 2011-07-24 19:29

      well said Amanda! There but for the grace of God........

  • ecm - 2011-07-24 20:02

    A sad ending to what could have been. However,life's about choices and too many celebrities choose the life of drugs and alcohol,setting a poor example to the youth of today.Lets hope that this serves as a lesson for many out there.

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  • Mordred - 2011-07-25 01:20

    The loss of Amy and her wonderful talent is sad. Rest in peace.

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