Lengthy Investigation Into Cause Of Amy Winehouse’s Death Begins

Posted by Katie F. on July 25th, 2011

Police launch lengthy investigation into the cause of Amy Winehouse's death

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The inquest into Amy Winehouse’s death has been opened and adjourned until October 26. Sharon Duff, a coroner in London, made the announcement Monday. Earlier in the day, Winehouse’s parents identified her body and were then allowed to make arrangements for the funeral. The funeral will be held on Tuesday and will be a “family and close friends affair.”

The coroner revealed that a “Section 20” postmortem was conducted on the singer at St. Pancras Mortuary, but would not disclose any of the findings. They are waiting for the results of a toxicology test, which will be ready in two to four weeks, and the official cause of death will be known in October.

According to Duff, this type of postmortem means that,

“There is reasonable cause to suspect that a person has died a violent or unnatural death or in any other way which would require an inquest.”

Even though police say that the scene was determined to be non-suspicious, this type of post-mortem also suggests that authorities are preparing for a “lengthy and serious investigation” into the cause behind Winehouse’s death.

Category: Celebrity Deaths