Winehouse was found unresponsive in bed in her London home on Saturday, and press and fans had already swarmed the scene by the time her body was removed from the residence, draped in a wine-colored sheet. Amy Winehouse’s cause of death was not immediately obvious both at the scene and following the post-mortem, and coroner Sharon Duff stated the following in court at the conclusion of the examination:
“I bring before you the death of Amy Jade Winehouse aged 27, born on the 14th September 1983 in London. She was a divorced woman living in Camden Square NW1. She was certified dead at her home by a paramedic and a doctor on July 23. She was a singer songwriter at the time of her death and was identified by her family here at St Pancras this morning. A section 20 post mortem has been carried out and histology and toxicology taken to determine the cause of death. The scene was investigated by police and determined non-suspicious.”
It was not disclosed when the results of toxicology tests on Winehouse could be expected, but Assistant Deputy Coroner Suzanne Greenaway indicated she’d be “issuing interim certificates to allow Miss Winehouse’s family to make arrangements for the funeral.” The case was adjourned until October 26th.