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Monday, July 25, 2011

Mums the Word on Amy Winehouse Autopsy; "Violent Death" a Possibility?

Posted by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 3:13 PM

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the autopsy for Amy Winehouse—who was found dead in her North London home over the weekend—has been completed... BUT no details are available since authorities have decided to open an inquest into the cause of her death. In Britain, if the death is deemed "non-suspicious" the coroner can carry out a "Section 19" postmortem—but Winehouse was declared a "Section 20" which is quite different indeed. From the HR:

A Section 20 postmortem, as Winehouse had, however, implies that the Coroner believes "there is reasonable cause to suspect that a person has died a violent or unnatural death or in any other way which would require an inquest," according to guidelines. It suggests that the authorities are mounting a more lengthy and serious investigation into the circumstances around Winehouse's death, although the Coroner also reported that at the scene had been investigated by police and "determined non-suspicious."

More on this increasingly confusing case later.

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