Winehouse had only Librium in System at Death - Father

10 Sep 2011

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Mitch Winehouse says Amy Winehouse had the prescription medication Librium in her system when she died


The father of singer Amy Winehouse said that his daughter had the prescription medication Librium in her system when she died of a seizure in July, according to media reports on Friday.

At a taping of a segment for journalist Anderson Cooper's new talk show "Anderson," which debuts on Monday, Mitch Winehouse repeated past statements that his daughter had no illegal drugs in her system.

"What happened to Amy wasn't anything to do with drugs," he said. A video portion of the interview is posted on celebrity website

The 27-year-old soul singer scored hits with such songs as "Rehab" and "Back to Black," which was the title track of her smash hit 2006 album. But even as Winehouse rose to stardom, she battled drug and alcohol addiction.

When she died on July 23, it was widely assumed that substance abuse was the root cause. Toxicology results from an autopsy released by the family late last month showed no illegal substances and some alcohol, although how it contributed to her death was not made clear.

Mitch Winehouse told Cooper that the only drug in her system was a small amount of Librium, which is used to help people overcome alcohol detoxification. Meanwhile Amy Winehouse's father said he believes she died after suffering a seizure related to alcohol detoxification and "there was nobody there to rescue her".

The soul diva, who had fought drug and alcohol problems for years, was found dead in bed at her London home on July 23. Her family said toxicology reports indicated there was alcohol in her bloodstream but it was unclear whether this had contributed to her death at age 27.

The appearance on Cooper's talk show "Anderson" is the Winehouse family's first major TV interview since the British singer's death at her home in London. "Everything Amy did, she did to excess," he said on the show.


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