The father of British singer Amy Winehouse said he believed his daughter died of a seizure brought on the cessation of of binge drinking.
In his first major TV interview since Amy’s death, Mitch Winehouse told Anderson Cooper that illicit drugs had nothing to do with the singer’s sudden passing at her London home in July.
He said the only drug in her system was the prescription medication Librium, which is used to help people with the symptoms of alcohol detoxification.
“She’d been clean [of drugs] for around three years. ... Her problem was alcohol, the last few years of her life. ... She was prescribed Librium, which is given to people who are detoxing, and it kind of decreases the chances of having seizures. She was continuing to take one of those pills every day.
“She had a series of seizures brought on by this binge drinking and then stopping to drink. ... I think it’s what the doctor said, I think she had a seizure and this was the time when there was no one there to rescue her,” Winehouse told Cooper yesterday.
Winehouse’s addiction to drugs and drink was well chronicled in the media and in her own hit songs like “Rehab.”