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VIDEO: Amy inquest adjourned with no cause of death given

British singer Amy Winehouse poses for photographs after being interviewed by The Associated Press at a studio in north London, Friday, Feb. 16, 2007
British singer Amy Winehouse poses for photographs after being interviewed by The Associated Press at a studio in north London, Friday, Feb. 16, 2007

The inquest into singer Amy Winehouse’s death at her flat in London at the weekend was opened and adjourned this afternoon but no cause of death was given.

The inquest into singer Amy Winehouse’s death at her flat in London at the weekend was opened and adjourned this afternoon but no cause of death was given.



Sharon Duff, coroner’s officer at St Pancras Coroner’s Court, told the two-minute hearing: “I bring before you the death of Amy Jade Winehouse, aged 27, born on the 14 September 1983 in London.



“She was a divorced lady living at Camden Square, NW1.



“She was certified dead at her home by a paramedic and a doctor on July 23. 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 postmortem has been carried out and histology and toxicology taken to determine the cause of death. The scene was investigated by police and determined non-suspicious.”



Assistant deputy coroner Suzanne Greenaway said: “I’m formally opening this inquest. I’m issuing interim certificates to allow Miss Winehouse’s family to make arrangements for the funeral.”



The coroner adjourned the case for a hearing on October 26th.



Her family released a statement today expressing their grief at the loss of the singer, who was found dead in her north London home on Saturday afternoon.



“Our family has been left bereft by the loss of Amy, a wonderful daughter, sister, niece," it said. “She leaves a gaping hole in our lives. We are coming together to remember her and we would appreciate some privacy and space at this terrible time.”



A spokesman for the family said the funeral would be held as soon as possible, but that the postmortem and police investigation made it impossible to set a date and no details had yet been agreed. He added that one of Winehouse’s security team had found her and called an ambulance, but she could not be saved.



Her parents, Mitdh and Janis, this morning visiste the makeshirft shrime outsdie the snger's home. They took time to look at tributes left at the edge of police cordons surrounding the singer's Camden home, including alcoholic drinks and cigarettes, alongside soft toys, flowers and candles.



He thanked reporters and fans for coming and shook hands with many of them.



The star's grief-stricken mother was in tears when she looked at the tributes and took pictures of them on her mobile phone.



Police warned last night that it was "inappropriate" to speculate on the cause of death, which is being treated as "unexplained". A post mortem was underway today. .



The singer's grief-stricken mother Janis earlier said she had seen her daughter the day before she was found dead.



"She seemed out of it. But her passing so suddenly still hasn't hit me," she said.



The performer had said "I love you" at the end of a day out together, and her mother said she would always treasure those words.



Her father who flew back from New York when he heard the news, said: "This isn't real. I'm completely devastated."



Celebrities including former drug addict Russell Brand, Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood and producer Mark Ronson have all paid tribute to the multi-award winning performer.



Brand called her "a genius" and said addiction should be treated like a potentially fatal illness. Wood performed with The Faces last night and dedicated 'I would rather go blind' to her. He said: "Such a beautiful singer, such a waste."



An increasing number of tributes were left yesterday near the singer's north London home, including alcoholic drinks and cigarettes, alongside soft toys, flowers and candles.



Pieces of artwork had also been laid down, including a striking photo of Winehouse posing in a bar.



Many notes were also left, one reading, "too fragile, too beautiful, too big a talent for this world", and another which said, "to an exquisite singer with a beautiful voice".



Metropolis Music, Winehouse's management company, released a statement saying: "We are trying to come to terms with the death of a dear friend and colleague, the most amazing artist and talent.



"We will always remember Amy as a vibrant, funny, caring young woman who made everyone around her feel welcome. We have lost a very special person, part of our family."



The troubled 'Back to Black' artist had cancelled all tour dates and engagements last month after a series of erratic public appearances. She was booed at a shambolic performance in Serbia. Ronson said in his statement: "She was my musical soulmate and like a sister to me. This is one of the saddest days of my life."



Sylvia Young, of Sylvia Young Theatre School, where a young Winehouse was given a half-scholarship, described the singer as "a wild spirit" who was also "extremely bright".



- Dean Gray

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