Amy Winehouse's Dad Thinks Seizure Killed Her

She had 'nobody there to rescue her'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 9, 2011 5:48 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Amy Winehouse's father says he thinks his daughter died after suffering a seizure related to alcohol detoxification and "there was nobody there to rescue her." During a taping of Anderson Cooper's new syndicated talk show, Mitch Winehouse said his daughter had been off drugs for two and a half years and was fighting alcohol problems, with occasional seizures. "Everything Amy did, she did to excess," he said on the show, which is to air as as the debut of Anderson on Monday. "She drank to excess and did detox to excess."

He said he regretted that his daughter was trying to kick her alcoholism without a doctor's help, but he said "the periods of abstinence were becoming longer, and the periods of drinking were becoming shorter." Still, she occasionally lapsed into unconscious seizures. Traces of the prescription drug Librium, used to fight anxiety and withdrawal symptoms of alcoholism, were found in her body, he said. More answers should come when a full inquest into her death begins next month.

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