Inquest opens into Amy Winehouse's death

An inquest into the death of Amy Winehouse was opened and adjourned on Monday ahead of a post mortem...

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An inquest into

the death of Amy Winehouse was opened and adjourned on Monday ahead of a

post mortem examination which will try to determine the cause of the

singer's death that police have so far described as "unexplained."

Earlier, the parents of

Winehouse visited an expanding shrine outside the 27-year-old's London

home where she was found dead on Saturday afternoon.

Surrounded

by television crews and well-wishers, her father Mitch read the dozens

of condolence messages and walked along banks of teddy bears, flowers,

and the occasional bottle of vodka left by fans of the troubled singer.

"Thank you for coming," he told the fans. "It means so much to me and my family."

As

sales of Winehouse's music soared and speculation swirled about the

release of a possible posthumous album, a sombre mood hung over the

north London square where Winehouse lived. Fans from as far afield as

Colombia, Mexico, Italy and Spain streamed past the impromptu shrine,

some of them unable to hold back tears.

Winehouse's

battle with alcohol and drugs was well-documented, most famously in the

track "Rehab," in which she sang, "They tried to make me go to rehab

but I said no, no, no."

She slid

from being a chirpy teenage singer from a London Jewish family to

someone who could barely walk at her final concert performance in

Serbia.

The beehive-haired soul

singer won critical acclaim after the release of her debut album "Frank"

in 2003 before becoming a worldwide phenomenon with the success of

"Back to Black."

The Sun newspaper

said Winehouse was found dead in her bed at around 4 p.m. on Saturday,

some six hours after she had last phoned her management team.

Her

death has sparked a surge in demand for her music. British music

retailer HMV predicted on Monday that she would be number one next week

as sales of "Back to Black," which won five Grammys, continue to grow.

The

company said many people had downloaded the album online but many would

want to buy CDs to feel a "more tangible and closer connection with

Amy."

"It's something that we tend to see when any great music legend or rock star passes," said HMV spokesman Gennaro Castaldo.

The

Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on Monday that material recorded

before Winehouse's death could be released as a posthumous album, citing

sources who said Winehouse had recorded "a lot of material" and that

her parents would have the final say on whether a new album is to be

released.

Winehouse's spokesman

told Reuters there was no confirmation of the release of a third album.

"I know there's material about, but no one's talked about it," he said.

The inquest will resume in October.