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...
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.
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."
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.
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."
from being a chirpy teenage singer from a London Jewish family to
someone who could barely walk at her final concert performance in
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.
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.
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
"It's something that we tend to see when any great music legend or rock star passes," said HMV spokesman Gennaro Castaldo.
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
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.