The Word: Alcohol killed Amy Winehouse

Janis Winehouse (center), the mother of Amy Winehouse, leaves the inquest into her daughter’s death at St. Pancras Coroners Court yesterday in London.

It wasn’t drugs that killed Amy Winehouse. It was tons and tons of booze.

It was announced yesterday by a legal inquest looking into the death of the “Back in Black” singer that she had more than five times the legal driving limit of alcohol in her blood when she died on July 23 at age 27, Reuters reports. Her death was deemed “death by misadventure” by British coroner Suzanne Greenaway, who explained that the singer died because of excessive drinking, according to the Evening Standard. “She had consumed sufficient alcohol,” Greenaway says, “and the unintended consequence of such potentially fatal levels was her sudden and unexpected death.”

Even more tragic? The London hearing states the singer had not drank alcohol that month until a fewdays before it killed her. She had no illegal substances in her system.

Her family, who was present at yesterday’s inquest, didn’t talk to the press but released a statement stating: “The court heard that Amy was battling hard to conquer her problems with alcohol and it is a source of great pain to us that she could not win in time. She had started drinking again that week after a period of abstinence.”

Not to make light of Winehouse’s tragic demise but you have to question the Brit-speak ruling.
“Death by misadventure” makes it sound like she was swinging on a vine and then fell into a crocodile pit, right?

Tween Timberlake and Gosling: Lil’ thugs

Oh, to be a fly on the wall during Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling’s early years.

Timberlake admitted to Ellen DeGeneres at a visit to her talk show that he and Gosling used to get into a fair amount of trouble when they were castmates on “The Mickey Mouse Club” during their teenage years. “We used to do terrible things. We thought we were so cool. Looking back on them, they weren’t as bad as I thought they were at the time. We stole a golf cart. And we were like, ‘Yeah, man. We’re stealing a golf cart!’” Timberlake says the pair bonded when they lived together while Gosling’s mother stayed in Canada for work. “We were probably a little closer than the rest of the kids that were on the show just because we had to share a bathroom,” Timberlake says.

Beyonce is having a girl! (Maybe!)

I have no idea how In Touch Weekly knows this but they are reporting that Beyonce and Jay-Z are having a baby girl. “Beyonce is thrilled she’s having a daughter,” confides a close friend of the singer’s, explaining that while Beyonce and her husband, Jay-Z, would be happy to have a healthy child of either sex, she’d secretly been hoping for a girl. “She and her mother are so close, and she’s wanted to have that relationship with her own child.”

In the magazine’s defense, they have a 50-50 shot of guessing the truth, which can probably be said for most of their reporting.

For more gossip news visit Dorothy Robinson’s Word blog. Follow her on Twitter @DorothyatMetro.
 


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