Amy Winehouse

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UPDATE: Police say the preliminary autopsy has failed to determine a cause of death. Further toxicology tests are required, with the results expected in two to four weeks.


It was sudden. It was shocking. And it was tragic. But it wasn't suspicious.

So says a coroner's official out of London today, who announced that there appeared to be no foul play or suspicious circumstances in Amy Winehouse's death Saturday morning.

As for what caused the death of the 27-year-old Grammy winner…

That has yet to be declared, though an autopsy is being held in London today.

However, coroner's officer Sharon Duff told reporters that "the scene was investigated by police and determined non-suspicious."

Nevertheless, as is standard with all unexplained or violent deaths, an inquest has been opened into Amy's death. During a two-minute hearing at St. Pancras Coroner's Court today, an official read out Amy's name, birthdate and address and described her as "a divorced lady living at Camden Square NW1." The hearing was adjourned until Oct. 26.

Winehouse's post-mortem examination, which will include histology and toxicology tests, will begin later today.

(Originally published on July 25, 2011 at 8:41 a.m. PT)

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