Surprisingly Drugs and Alcohol May Not Have Killed Amy Winehouse

The toxicology report isn’t back in yet, so we don’t definitely know what killed bi-crooner Amy Winehouse. But according to one report, it might NOT have been booze and drugs (which frankly would be a bit of a surprise). It could have been related to emphysema or an eating disorder:

The Sun also reported that Winehouse had seen a doctor Friday night as part of a routine series of checkups, given her history of drug and alcohol abuse. The doctor saw nothing wrong…

But Winehouse’s clean bill of health and activity prior to her death might have masked underlying problems from years of substance abuse that eventually killed her.

“She may have had asthma and emphysema because of her smoking,” said Dr. Eric Braverman, an addiction specialist and author of the book “The Edge Effect.” “From that, you can have a terrible respiratory arrest. You can have a seizure. Your lungs can choke off your trachea. It happens in asthmatics a lot.”

“If you have a pulmonary disease, you need a lung function test, not a stethoscope,” Braverman said. “So a simple physical that tells you you have a clean bill of health doesn’t say much.”

Winehouse’s father told reporters in 2008 that she had been diagnosed with early-stage emphysema. She was also vocal about her struggles with eating disorders, which could have played a part in her death, too.

“You can also suffer cardiac arrhythmia from dieting and not eating properly,” Braverman said. “Even panic attacks in her state can constrict the lungs and bring on death.”

Respiratory conditions might not have been picked up by Winehouse’s physician.

OK, so drugs might still be to blame for her death, but not in that Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix overdosey sorta way.

Via The Dallas Voice

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  • Frank

    well we won’t be surprised about hear death was drug related

  • gregger

    She did have Emphysema. Her father disclosed that diagnosis years ago, saying it was “advance emphysema.” With as much as she chain smoked, smoked crack, and smoked heroin that damage alone could have killed her.

  • Dave

    Yeah, but her emphysema was from crack/tobacco abuse, so… drugs, basically.

  • christopher di spirito

    Amy Winehouse was shooting Ketamine — a horse tranquilizer designed for animals weighing 1,000lbs. to 2,000lbs. She was all of 90lbs. Do the math. Her system, already weakened from years of abuse was no match for this powerful horse tranquilizer.

  • Marie Cohn

    More like a Brittany Murphy way?

  • beerwad

    Why are we jumping to conclusions based on a “report” from The Sun, of all things? Let’s just wait for the toxicology report to tell us what we already know.

    And christopher, Ketamine is not a “powerful horse tranquilizer.” It is used in small animal medicine as well, to sedate dogs and cats of all sizes. Like anything, dose depends on size. Lots of people use ketamine recreationally and don’t die, although after seeing how dogs and cats react to it, I’m not sure why.

  • Cam

    I’m just completely shocked at this, I mean she took such good care of herself.

  • ewe

    Smoking and not eating is terrible for your heart and most people abusing drugs and alcohol are smoking and not eating well. Personal experience taught me that statement of wisdom i just said so save it if someone does not agree with me. This is bullshit. Even in death people are denying this girl had a major problem with addiction by sugarcoating it over. “IT” being she was a mess. Yes a talent but fucked up when she was using. It is dangerous to glamorize this woman. She is dead and she is dead because she abused drugs and alcohol. Nothing romantic about that. Nothing honorable about that. Nothing admirable about that.

  • Ronbo

    Amy you were much too young. You had not reached your full potential and I mourn your death.

    To everyone out here scratching at her memory: be still, be silent, be modest. Your funeral will come soon enough and the last thing you need is someone throwing rocks at your hearse.

  • wem

    Who cares? Why such condescension ? “Drugs” are part of life and always have been.Legalize them all(Janis and Jimi might still be alive).What;go to rehab and be put on ‘acceptable drugs’,like Lexapro (etc) which is nothing more than a mild form of LSD_

  • Joe

    @wem: Wem, if Janis and Jimi were murdered at a crack house I might agree with you; they died from an overdose which has nothing to do with it being legal or not. Also, Lexapro is not a mild form of LSD. You can have your own opinions but not your own facts.

  • ewe

    @Ronbo: no one is throwing rocks for not being in denial. Amy Winehouse did not die form COPD. Grip reality. She is dead from addiction.

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