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“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.
Duff said a forensic post-mortem was being held, along with histology and toxicology tests, to determine the cause of death. She said “the scene was investigated by police and determined non-suspicious.”
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.
The singer had battled addiction to drugs and alcohol for years, too often making headlines for erratic behavior, destructive relationships and abortive performances.
Actor Russell Brand, a former drug addict, wrote a lengthy tribute in which he urged the media and public to change the way addiction is perceived _ “not as a crime or a romantic affectation but as a disease that will kill.”
“Winehouse and I shared an affliction, the disease of addiction,” he wrote. “Addiction is a serious disease; it will end with jail, mental institutions or death.”
Last month, Winehouse canceled her European comeback tour after she swayed and slurred her way through barely recognizable songs in her first show in the Serbian capital, Belgrade. Booed and jeered off stage, she flew home and her management said she would take time off to recover.
Her last public appearance came three days before her death, when she briefly joined her goddaughter, singer Dionne Bromfield, on stage at The Roundhouse in Camden, near her home.
Winehouse released only two albums in her lifetime _ 2003’s “Frank” and the chart-topping “Back to Black” in 2006. Both shot up the music charts as fans bought them to remember her by.
Gennaro Castaldo of music chain HMV said “Back to Black” was the retailer’s best-selling album.
It was also iTunes’ No. 1 album in more than a dozen countries including the U.S., Britain, France, Germany and Canada.
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