Amy Winehouse 'Not Suicidal' Before Death, Inquest Reveals
LONDON - Musical diva Amy Winehouse had refused therapy to address her alcohol issues, telling her medical team that she would resolve her problems in her own way.
Speaking at the Inquest, which found that the singer had died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, her physician of four years Dr Christina Romete said the star had been optimistic about the future and had refused psychological therapy for her alcohol issues on numerous occasions.
"She [Winehouse] was opposed to any sort of psychological therapy…she was one of the most intelligent young women I've ever met. She was very determined to do things her way, including her therapy. She had very strict views on that," the doctor said, according to reports.
Romete said the star interspersed alcohol with "periods of abstinence."
Three vodka bottles were later found by her bed when Winehouse's inert body was discovered in the early evening of July 23.
The physician told the inquest she had seen the singer at around 7 p.m. on the night before she died, and that Winehouse had already been drinking.
"She was calm, she was coherent. She was tipsy I would say, but she didn't slur and was able to hold a full conversation."
Romete said that she had no fears that Winehouse planned to take her own life, having discussed - among other things - plans for the singer's upcoming 28th birthday party.
"Apart from the fact that she'd started drinking there was no other concern. I was not concerned that she was suicidal…she talked about future things. She said 'I have not achieved a lot of the things I wanted.' She was looking forward to the future."
The inquest heard that at the time of her death, pathologist professor Suhail Baithun had found 416mg of alcohol per deciliter of blood in the underweight and fragile singer's body.
The legal driving limit is 80mg, a level of 200mg would see an ordinary person lose control over their bodies and face injury while a level of over 350mg is associated with fatalities, he told the court.
Assistant deputy Coroner Suzanne Greenaway gave a verdict of "death by misadventure"
In a statement, the Winehouse family said it was "some relief" to find out what had happened to their daughter.
"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."
The family has set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation in the singer's name.