With any drug or alcohol addiction, when seeking to go sober it is imperative to seek professional help and Amy Winehouse’s father believes the singer died after suffering a seizure related to alcohol detoxification.
Winehouse, who had fought drug and alcohol problems for years, was found dead in bed at her London home on July 23. Her family says toxicology reports indicated there was alcohol in her bloodstream but it was unnclear whether it had contributed to her death.
Mitch Winehouse (Amy’s father) said Friday during a taping of Anderson Cooper’s new syndicated talk show “that traces of the prescription drug Librium, which is used to fight anxiety and withdrawal symptoms of alcoholism, were found in her body.”
“Everything Amy did, she did to excess,” he said on the show, which is to air as Cooper’s debut Monday. “She drank to excess and did detox to excess.” He said he regretted that his daughter – whose most famous song, “Rehab,” has her answering “no, no, no” when told to go to rehab – was trying to kick her alcoholism without a doctor’s help. He said “the periods of abstinence were becoming longer, and the periods of drinking were becoming shorter. It was heading in the right direction.”