Amy Winehouse: How The Tabloids Killed Her By Suicide, Drugs, Blake, Reg Traviss, Booze And Lies
AMY Winehouse has died. She was not killed by an overdose of drugs. Right at the start, when her body was found, police said no drugs were found at her Camden home. Still, the newspapers declared otherwise:
The sordid details of Amy Winehouse’s final hours emerged today, with claims that she bought a cocktail of narcotics including cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine – Daily Mail, July 25, 2011
One friend partying with her over the last weeks said: “It was an ecstasy overdose. She could do cocaine until the cows come home. But this was obviously a dodgy pill. That was backed up by MTV producer Danny Panthaki, who claimed: “My friend’s boyfriend is a policeman, and he’s the one who found Amy Winehouse dead. Overdosed on ecstasy” – Daily Mirror, July 24, 2011
“TORMENTED Amy Winehouse died yesterday at 27 after downing a massive cocktail of drugs, The People can reveal. The singer was seen buying narcotics, believed to include cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and the horse tranquilliser ketamine, from a dealer shortly after 10.30pm on Friday – Dean Rousewell The People, July 24, 2011
Rousewell then added:
But last night pals claimed she had died earlier that morning after indulging in a final drugs binge during a night out with pals.
Pals grassing on pals. Some pals, eh, to get a reformed drugs addict off their face on drugs. Do we know who these pals are? No.
The Sun declared:
“QUITTING BOOZE KILLED OUR AMY” – July 28, 2011
Lia Nicholls, Deputy Bizarre Editor, and Lucy Connolly told us:
AMY Winehouse’s family are convinced she was killed by QUITTING booze, The Sun can reveal. They believe the singer’s decision to lay off alcohol completely for three weeks was a lethal “shock” for her tiny body.
The revelations came as Mitch showed his gratitude to fans standing outside her London home today by handing out her clothes, saying: “This is what she would have wanted.”
Family sources say Amy died after ignoring her doctor’s advice to cut down on her heavy drinking gradually.And the tragic star’s loved ones believe she was killed by a seizure because her tiny 4ft 11in frame could not cope with such a dramatic withdrawal.
That’s what the family said, was it – she was killed by giving up booze?
A source close to Amy’s family said: “Abstinence gave her body such a fright they thought it was eventually the cause of her death.”
No. Amy’s family did not say she died from quitting booze. But undaunted by fact, the Sun found an expert to confirm its source:
Sun Doctor Carol Cooper said the booze-quitting theory was feasible.
What Mitch Winehouse actually said was:
“She was trying hard to deal with her drinking and had just completed three weeks of abstinence. Knowing she passed away happy, it makes us all feel better.”
Over in the Daily Star, we heard from another unnamed source:
A close pal of Amy said last night: “It would be a little more than ironic that, after years of partying like a mad woman, she was actually killed by cleaning up her act.”
The Star’s headline of July 28, 2011:
AMY WINEHOUSE KILLED BY ‘GIVING UP ’ BOOZE
Today the Sun declares:
IT WASN’T DRUGS
What was it? Well, some booze was found in her system. A spokesman tells media:
“Toxicology results returned to the Winehouse family by authorities have confirmed that there were no illegal substances in Amy’s system at the time of her death.
“Results indicate that alcohol was present, but it cannot be determined as yet if it played a role in her death. The family would like to thank the police and coroner for their continuing thorough investigations, and for keeping them informed throughout the process. They await the outcome of the inquest.”
But that is all we know. Still, the papers have pointed the finger:
The Sun told us on August 9, 2011:
Amy was suffering a killer disease. And the name of that disease was Blake… – August 9, 2011
On August 2, 2011, the Daily Star exclaimed on its front page:
AMY’S DEATH WISH
The Star’s Jerry Lawton reported:
TRAGIC Amy Winehouse died broken-hearted after realising she and her “true love” would never be together again, we can reveal… Before she launched into the “death wish” drug and booze marathon believed to have claimed her life, she begged ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil to let her visit him in jail.
She died from a combination of Blake and drugs?
Do those facts put her finacee Reg Traviss in the clear?
Says Mitch Winehouse:
“This doesn’t make me feel the loss of my daughter any less, but we are pleased to be able to set the record straight to a certain extent. Reg has said that the person that she has been painted as in some quarters was just so far away from the Amy he knew. Some of the stories of her last few days were just not how they led their life together.”
Stories like this one from the Daily Mirror on July 25, 2011:
“DID AMY KILL HERSELF OVER LOVER?”
The Mirror said it was suicide and pointed the finger at Reg Traviss, who has done nothing wrong and may even – get this – be a bit upset that his lover is dead:
It is believed she had a furious row with boyfriend Reg Traviss, 34, when he caught her phoning jailed ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil. In a fit of despair, the troubled star went on a 36-hour whisky, cocaine and heroin bender – no longer caring whether she lived or died…
And the drugs?
“She was upstairs injecting heroin on a self-destruct mission.”
Today – and this is a dark irony – the Mirror leads with the question: “WHY DID AMY DIE?”
Yeah. You thought the paper had already told us.
Amy Winehouse died and the tabloids feasted off her remains. Amy Winehouse wasn’t sick. The tabloids were…