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Amy Winehouse inquest to be heard again

LONDON (AP) -- The inquest into the death of soul singer Amy Winehouse was overseen by a coroner who lacked the proper qualifications and must be heard again next month, officials said Monday.

Assistant deputy coroner Suzanne Greenaway, who handled the inquest, resigned in November 2011 after her qualifications were questioned.

Camden Council said a new hearing has been scheduled on Jan. 8.

"The inquest into the death of Amy Winehouse had not technically been heard," it said in a statement.

Winehouse was found dead in her London home in July 2011 at age 27. In an inquest in October 2011, Greenaway ruled that the "Back to Black" singer had died of accidental alcohol poisoning.

Greenaway had been appointed an assistant deputy coroner in London in 2009 by her husband, Andrew Reid, the coroner for inner north London. But she resigned after authorities learned she had not been a registered U.K. lawyer for five years as required by the rules.

She had practiced law for a decade in her native Australia.

Reid was suspended, and he resigned earlier this month.

Winehouse family spokesman Chris Goodman said Monday that the singer's family had not requested a new hearing.

Last year's inquest heard evidence from a pathologist, Winehouse's doctor, the security guard who found her and a detective who described seeing three empty vodka bottles in her bedroom. It appears unlikely that a second inquest would produce a different conclusion about how she died.

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Dec 18, 2012 8:15AM

Let he who is without fault/sin cast the first stone ...

Dec 17, 2012 2:32PM

You want to know what killed Amy Winehouse? It was the same thing that Killed Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and many other ‘Stars’. What am I talking about? I'm talking about the people that Amy, Elvis, and Michael, etc. surrounded themselves with...'people' who didn't care enough to say "No" to them as long as the checks didn't bounce. These 'people' babied, nurtured, and rewarded so much bad behavior to the point that in reality they help send these 'Stars' to their early graves. We Po' folk sometimes (but not always) have family and friends who will do something crazy like 'Interventions' to help us get our acts together. Real family and real friends aren’t usually salaried, unless you’re a ‘Jackson’. Jack Kevorkian said this in regards to Michael Jackson’s death, “…got what he wanted.” Is being rich and famous such a burden that it makes someone so sad that they want to die? I’d sure love to test that theory on myself!

Dec 17, 2012 2:23PM
Spectacular singer who, when she could channel her demons, made some great most tortured artists, the moments of clarity were outweighed.  The re-inquest is a procedural thing it sounds like; no hidden agenda here.
Dec 17, 2012 2:09PM

everyone has their own issues. she had hers. That doesn't make her a bad PERSON.


Dec 17, 2012 1:22PM
Who cares she was a drunk.and drug user. Stop trying to make her a hero. Focus on someone who actually is making a difference in the world.
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