The results of an official inquest are still pending, but Amy Winehouse's father, Mitch, revealed to Anderson Cooper that he believes his daughter died while trying to detox from alcohol.
In an interview slated to run on Monday (September 12) on the CNN anchor's new syndicated daytime talk show, "Anderson," Mitch Winehouse said Amy, who died on July 23 at age 27 of as-yet-undetermined causes, approached getting clean like she did everything else in life: with gusto.
"Everything Amy did, she did to excess," budding lounge singer Mitch told Cooper. "She drank to excess and did detox to excess." Winehouse explained that he believes Amy died as a result of a seizure caused by alcohol detox. He also revealed that while an initial autopsy showed no sign of illegal drugs in the "Rehab" singer's system at the time of her death, there were traces of the prescription drug Librium, which is commonly used to relieve anxiety and control agitation caused by alcohol withdrawal, according to The Associated Press.
Winehouse had fought against drug and alcohol addiction for years, and Mitch said that when she suffered her fatal seizure, there was "nobody there to rescue her." The singer's family also said that toxicology tests indicate that there was alcohol in her bloodstream, but that it was unclear if it contributed to her death.
One of Mitch Winehouse's regrets, he told Cooper, is that Amy was trying to kick her alcohol addiction without the help of a doctor. He said she suffered from seizures and would lose consciousness in the time before her death and that "the periods of abstinence were becoming longer, and the periods of drinking were becoming shorter," he said. "It was headed in the right direction."
Though Mitch was merely speculating on what killed the singer, the full details may be revealed soon, as the inquest is slated to begin next month. Amy's boyfriend at the time of her death, Reg Traviss, said they spent a quiet evening at home looking at pictures and watching DVDs two days before she passed and that they were making plans to attend a friend's wedding a few days later.
He told Cooper he struggled to find the right time to speak to Amy about her drinking without coming off as a nag. "She was a really clever girl," he said. "She knew what she was doing. I would sometimes choose my moments when there was something that was needed to be said."