After Amy Winehouse’s parents identified her body at the St Pancras Coroner’s Court in North London today, coroner Sharon Duff reported that an investigation will launched on October 26th into the singer’s death on July 23rd. This means that even though an autopsy was performed, a cause of death will not be released at this time.
In a statement made this morning, Duff said “I bring before you the death of Amy Jade Winehouse aged 27, born on the 14th of 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 23rd. 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 a histology and toxicology taken to determine the cause of death. The scene was investigated by police and determined non-suspicious.”
The Hollywood Reporter explains that the coroner’s performance of a “section 20 post mortem” indicates that “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.” It also suggests that authorities have the intention of inquiring further as to the circumstances that led to Winehouse’s death — and so even if we think her past behavior and addictions make it likely that she overdosed on drugs, authorities seem uncomfortable addressing that possibility without eliminating every other possible reason for her death.
In the mean time, Assistant Deputy Coroner Suzanne Greenaway said she has agreed to the formal launch of an investigation into Winehouse’s death, and that she issued interim certificates so that the family could begin planning a funeral.