Amy Winehouse’s shocking toxicology results released

Aug 23, 2011 at 12:06 p.m. ET

The toxicology results for Amy Winehouse may surprise many who knew the star struggled for years with drug addiction. Find out what was found in her system at the time of her death, as well as the reaction from Winehouse’s family.

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Amy Winehouse died on July 23 at the age of 27, devastating family and fans around the world who thought the Grammy-winning singer was finally getting clean after years of drug and alcohol abuse. The singer had been to rehab multiple times and family members had insisted she was on the right track this time for staying sober – and they may have been right.

"Toxicology results returned to the Winehouse family by authorities have confirmed that there were no illegal substances in Amy's system at the time of her death." Spokesman Chris Goodman said in a statement. "Results indicate that alcohol was present but it cannot be determined as yet if it played a role in her death."

Her father, Mitch Winehouse, had said after her death that he thought alcohol withdrawal contributed to her death. "He said doctors had told Amy to gradually reduce her intake of alcohol and to avoid bingeing at all costs. Amy told him she couldn't do that. It was all or nothing and she gave up completely," a source close to the family said. "Mitch said the shock of giving up, after everything she had been through over a bad few years, was just too much for her to take."

Other sources, however, say that Amy actually went on a bender during those few days leading up to her death.

What was the actual cause of death? We may have to wait until October for that answer.

"The family would like to thank the police and coroner for their continuing thorough investigations and for keeping them informed throughout the process," the statement continues."They await the outcome of the inquest [into her death] in October."

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