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LONDON (AP) - A family spokesman says singer Amy Winehouse’s funeral will be held Tuesday for family and close friends.
The spokesman says the time and place of the private funeral will not be made public.
The troubled singer died Saturday after a long struggle with alcohol and drug abuse. Autopsy results released Monday were inconclusive and more tests are being conducted to determine the cause of death.
Crowds have gathered outside her north London home since her death to light candles and leave flowers and other tributes.
Winehouse was 27 when she died. She was best known for her soulful “Back to Black” album.
In recent years her personal problems overshadowed her attempts to keep her music career going.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
LONDON (AP) _ An autopsy on singer Amy Winehouse Monday failed to determine what killed the 27-year-old star, leaving fans and family with a weeks-long wait for the results of toxicology tests.
Winehouse’s devastated parents visited mourners outside her north London home to thank them for their support, ahead of a private family funeral that could be held as early as Tuesday.
The singer, who had struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for years, was found dead Saturday at home by a member of her security team, who called an ambulance. It arrived too late to save her.
The Metropolitan Police said Monday that a forensic post mortem “did not establish a formal cause of death and we await the results of further toxicology tests.” Those are expected to take two to four weeks.
An inquest into the singer’s death was opened and adjourned at London's St. Pancras Coroner's Court. During the two-minute hearing, an official read out the name, birth date and address of Winehouse, described as “a divorced lady living at Camden Square NW1.”
“She was a singer songwriter at the time of her death and was identified by her family here at St. Pancras this morning,” said coroner’s officer Sharon Duff.
In Britain, inquests are held to establish the facts whenever someone dies violently or in unexplained circumstances. Assistant Deputy Coroner Suzanne Greenaway said Winehouse’s inquest would resume on Oct. 26.
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