Amy Winehouse Watched YouTube Videos Of Herself The Night Before She Died
Singer Amy Winehouse died after watching videos of herself on YouTube while binge drinking vodka, according to reports about the second inquest into the singer’s death heard on Tuesday.
Coroner Shirley Radcliffe ruled that Winehouse did not die under suspicious circumstances and lost her life due to accidental alcohol poisoning, the Associated Press reports. A pathologist told the inquest that the 27-year-old, whose blood alcohol level was later discovered to be “five times the legal driving limit,” probably suffered respiratory arrest after drinking too much.
As the Daily Mail notes, a second inquest into Winehouse’s death was recorded after the coroner at the first hearing was deemed to be under-qualified.
In a statement read at the inquest, Winehouse’s bodyguard, Andrew Morris, said the “Back to Black” singer had been watching herself on YouTube the night before her death — something he said he’d never seen her do, the Associated Press reports.
Morris had been the person who had called emergency services after discovering Winehouse dead in her bed on Jul. 23, 2011.
In his statement, Morris said that he had been “upset and shaken” when Winehouse’s death was confirmed, adding that the singer had been “like a sister” to him, the Guardian notes.
According to an earlier report on The Huffington Post, Morris had thought that Winehouse was merely sleeping in her bedroom but had become alarmed when she hadn’t roused herself by 3 p.m. The Grammy-winning singer was reportedly found with “empty vodka bottles scattered around her.”
In the years before her death, Winehouse had fought a very public battle with drug and alcohol abuse.
Amy Winehouse biography
Amy Jade Winehouse was born on September 14, 1983, in the suburb of Southgate in London, England. Her father, Mitch Winehouse, worked as a cab driver, while mother Janis was employed as a pharmacist. Winehouse’s upbringing was surrounded by jazz; many of her uncles on her mother’s side were professional jazz musicians, and her grandmother was once romantically involved with British jazz legend Ronnie Scott. Because of this musical background, Winehouse grew up listening to a diverse range of music, from James Taylor to Sarah Vaughan. At the age of 10, she became drawn to the rebellious spirit of TLC, Salt-N-Pepa, and other American R&B and hip-hop acts, and founded a short-lived amateur rap group called Sweet ‘n Sour.
At 12, Winehouse was accepted into the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School, and a year later she received her first guitar. But by the age of 16, Winehouse was expelled for “not applying herself” and piercing her nose. That same year, she caught her first big break when a schoolmate and close friend, pop singer Tyler James, passed her demo tape to his label, A&R, who was searching for a jazz vocalist. The opportunity led her to a record deal with Island/Universal.
Her debut album, Frank (2003), was a critically acclaimed mixture of jazz, pop, soul, and hip-hop. The album was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize as well as two BRIT awards for Best Female Solo Artist and Best Urban Act. The debut single on the album, “Stronger Than Me,” earned the new artist an Ivor Novello award. Frank also hit double platinum status.
During this time, Winehouse began developing a reputation as an unstable party girl, often showing up to her club or TV performances too drunk to sing a whole set. She also started a tumultuous, on-again-off-again relationship with music video assistant, Blake Fielder-Civil, who admitted to introducing Winehouse to hard drugs. In public, the couples’ arguments often devolved into fist-fights and dramatic scenes.
By 2006, her management company finally suggested that Winehouse enter rehab for alcohol abuse. Instead, she dumped the company and turned the experience into the lead single for her second, critically acclaimed, album, Back to Black (2006). The song “Rehab,” which discussed her refusal to receive treatment for substance abuse, became an instant Top 10 hit in the United Kingdom, and earned the artist another Ivor Novello award for best contemporary song.
The album was also a critical success, winning the artist a BRIT award for Best Female Solo Artist and a BRIT nomination for Best British Album in 2007. Less than a month after her BRIT win, Back to Black made its American debut. It was an instant smash, hitting higher on the Billboard music charts than any other American debut by a British female recording artist in history. The album stayed in the Top 10 for several months,
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