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Amy Winehouse Shows No Signs of 'Illegal Substances'

Aug. 23, 2011

The premature death of British soul singer Amy Winehouse remained shrouded in secrecy Tuesday as toxicology results showed the troubled star had "no illegal substances" in her blood when she was found dead in her London flat a month ago.

Her family said the tests showed that alcohol was present but it could not be determined whether that played a role in her death on July 23.

An autopsy conducted soon after her death also failed to establish what killed the 27-year-old, who had a history of drug and alcohol abuse.

Her father, Mitch, told friends at Amy's funeral that she had been her "happiest for years" in her final days. She had been free from drugs for a period and also started to battle alcohol consumption, he said.

Mitch Winehouse, who is a London taxi driver, plans to set up a foundation in the singer's name that would help not only those afflicted by alcohol and drug abuse, but "all children in need."

An inquest into the case is set for October 26.

Amy Winehouse shot to worldwide stardom in 2006, when she won five Grammy Awards in the U.S. for her album "Black to Black."

Source: Copyright 2011 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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