It's Official: Alcohol Killed Winehouse Coroner rules it 'death by misadventure' By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Oct 26, 2011 9:05 AM CDT Updated Oct 26, 2011 10:52 AM CDT 9 comments Comments In this Friday Feb. 16, 2007 file photo British singer Amy Winehouse poses for photographs after being interviewed by the Associated Press at a studio in north London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File) (Newser) – It wasn’t a lack of alcohol, but alcohol itself that killed Amy Winehouse. A coroner has determined that Winehouse consumed a “potentially fatal” amount of alcohol the night she died, and ruled it a “death by misadventure,” the AP reports. A pathologist says Winehouse drank a “very large quantity of alcohol” and was five times over the drunk-driving limit. Her doctor says the singer had started drinking again, after abstaining for a while, just days before her death.