It’s been nearly two years since Amy Winehouse’s death, and her brother, Alex, thinks everyone has it all wrong.
Alex says it was the tragic singer’s bulimia that killed her, not drugs and alcohol.
“She suffered from bulimia very badly. That’s not, like, a revelation. You knew just by looking at her,” Alex tells the Guardian. “She would have died eventually, the way she was going, but what really killed her was the bulimia. Absolutely terrible.”
This differs from a 2011 inquest which stated the cause of death for the “Back in Black” singer as alcohol poisoning. The inquest found she had five times the legal driving limit of alcohol in her blood when she died on July 23, 2011, at age 27. 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 few days before it killed her. She had no illegal substances in her system.
Her family responded to the findings in a statement: “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.”