AN autopsy is being held to determine the cause of Amy Winehouse’s death, but a coroner’s official says police have found no suspicious circumstances.
The singer was found dead on Saturday at her London home at the age of 27.
Coroner’s officer Sharon Duff said “the scene was investigated by police and determined non-suspicious”.
Meanwhile, Winehouse’s father thanked mourners outside her north London home for their support yesterday.
Mitch Winehouse thanked people for coming to lay bouquets, candles and handwritten notes, which lay in growing mounds across the road from the Victorian house where the soul diva died.
“I can’t tell you what this means to us – it really is making this a lot easier for us,” he said.
“We’re devastated and I’m speechless but thanks for coming.”
The singer’s mother, Janis, was in tears as she examined the flowers, candles, vodka bottles, flags, drawings and handwritten cards left by neighbours, fans and well-wishers. Many of the offerings expressed the same sentiment: “What a waste.”
I’ll remember her as a troubled soul,” said fan Ethna Rouse, who brought her four-year-old son to leave a bouquet. “Like many artists in the world – they are tortured souls, and that’s where the talent comes from.”
The singer died on Saturday after publicly struggling with drug and alcohol abuse for years. Her body was discovered at home by a member of her security team, who called an ambulance. It arrived too late to save her.
Police have said the cause of her death is being treated as “unexplained” and have said speculation that she might have suffered an overdose was inappropriate.
An inquest into the death was opened and adjourned. Results of the post-mortem will likely be announced today.
The singer had battled addiction to drugs and alcohol for years, too often making headlines for erratic behaviour, destructive relationships and abortive performances.
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