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Amy Winehouse‘s family has released the results of the late singer‘s toxicology tests, which reveal that no illegal drugs were present in the singer’s system at the time of her death, the AP reports.

The final tests showed that alcohol was present, but how it affected Winehouse has yet to be determined. Chris Goodman, a Winehouse family spokesman, released a statement today saying, “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.”

It was previously suspected that Winehouse died of alcohol withdrawal while others have reported that she had taken hard drugs the night before her death. The new report does not detail why the singer died. Her family is awaiting the full investigation, which is set to begin in October.

 

Winehouse burial raises Jewish questions about tattoos, cremation

Your Jewish grandmother might have told you not to get a tattoo if you want to be buried in a Jewish cemetery when you die. If you ignored her, rest easy – not only progressive Jews, but Britain’s Orthodox Jews now have no problem with burying Jews with tattoos.

The question came up Tuesday as the heavily tattooed Amy Winehouse was laid to rest in a traditional Jewish ceremony in London. The funeral was conducted by a rabbi and the Winehouse family will sit shiva – the Jewish custom and tradition of receiving guests in their home – starting Tuesday night, Winehouse spokesman Chris Goodman said.

Winehouse was cremated, Goodman added – a more controversial practice among Jews.

Traditionally Jews do not cremate their dead because of the belief they will be resurrected when the messiah comes, said Nikki Saunders, a spokeswoman for Britain’s mainstream Orthodox movement, the United Synagogue.

“That can only happen if your body is intact,” Saunders said.

More liberal Jews don’t have that concern, though, explained Ben Rich of the Movement for Reform Judaism in the UK.

“Physical resurrection isn’t something that progressive Jews believe in, so that isn’t a concern,” he said. Progressive Jews also don’t accept the Orthodox belief that cremation is the mutilation of a corpse, he said, since it is done respectfully, not maliciously.

“We have therefore been happy to allow cremation for those who want it,” he said, calling it “extremely common. It wouldn’t be anything to raise an eyebrow about in the progressive movement.”

In fact, he argued, there is Biblical precedent for cremation.

“If you go back to Biblical times, it is normal and there are references to King Saul being cremated,” he said.

There is a tradition of not burying people with tattoos, said progressive Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, but he said there didn’t seem to be much support for it in Jewish law, or halacha.

It seems to come from instructions in the Biblical book of Leviticus against marking one’s skin, he said.

“But this part of a whole series of Canaanite cultic practices which the Israelites were not supposed to imitate,” he said.

Reform Jews today would not disapprove of tattooing, he said dryly, “since we do see ourselves as in danger of impersonating Canaanite cultic practices.”

The late Amy Winehouse was reportedly in the process of adopting a 10-year-old St. Lucian girl, Dannika Augustine, when the singer suddenly passed away, according to The Mirror, but it’s apparently not so.

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Amy’s rep set the record straight, saying, “There’s no truth to it. I think [Amy] might have met her in St. Lucia, but she was in no way about to adopt her.”

Though her father claimed his daughter was clean and sober at the time of her death, Winehouse still had her share of problems that would’ve raised many red flags for the adoption board. The Mirror claimed Winehouse’s camp had already hired lawyers and booked a flight to St. Lucia – where the singer spent a lot of time.

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During her stay on the island, the 27-year-old befriended Dannika, whom she met in 2009 through the 10-year-old’s grandmother, Marjorie Lambert, who runs a beach bar. Dannika is not an orphan – she has a mother and grandmother, but her mother reportedly was willing to give her up for adoption because she struggled to provide for her family and did not have a job.

“Amy was already my mother,” the child told the paper. “I would call her mum and she would call me her daughter. She took care of me and we had fun together. I loved her and she loved me.

“She was the most amazing person and I was looking forward to living with her here or in London. I cannot believe she is gone. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.”

In the wake of her death on Saturday, July 23, Amy Winehouse‘s second album, 2007’s “Back to Black,” re-enters the Billboard 200 albums chart this week at No. 9 with 37,000 sold in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. In the wake of her death on Saturday, July 23, Amy Winehouse’s second album, 2007’s “Back to Black,” re-enters the Billboard 200 albums chart this week at No. 9 with 37,000 sold in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. The week previous, it sold just 1,000.

 

Amy Winehouse’s Albums & Singles Headed Back to Billboard Charts

 

She also returns to the list with her debut set, 2004’s “Frank,” at No. 57 with 8,000 (up 4,100%).

There were more Winehouse albums purchased in past week (ending July 24) — 55,000 — than during the first six months of the year. Through the week ending July 17, her catalog had shifted 44,000 copies.

 

Amy Winehouse Funeral Brings Family and Friends Together

 

More than 95% of her albums sold last week were downloads. The hefty digital share isn’t shocking, as most consumers wouldn’t have been able to find much physical stock of Winehouse’s albums had they sought them out in brick-and-mortar stores.


Amy Winehouse: Stars Mourn with Songs & Statements

 

On the digital track side of things, Winehouse sold a combined 111,000 downloads — up from just 5,000 the week previous. The biggest of the bunch was “Rehab,” with 38,000 sold. It re-enters the Digital Songs chart at No. 46 and is the only Winehouse song on the tally this week.

It’s expected that Winehouse’s albums and songs will see even bigger sales next week, after a full week’s worth of impact from her passing is felt on the charts.

Our regular recap of the week’s top 10 selling albums and songs will be available on Wednesday morning.

 

amy winehouse

The death of popular singer Amy Winehouse, after a long battle with drink and drugs, means the Londoner joins a growing number of tormented musicians to die at the age of 27.

Known as the “27 Club”, Winehouse joins rock legends legends Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Brian Jones, who all died at the age of 27.

Kurt Cobain (1967-1994)
The lead singer of band Nirvana, Cobain had a well-known addiction to heroin, and battled with depression. He died in 1994, aged 27, when his body was found by an electrician who had come to install a security system at his house.

He was found with a shotgun, and it was ruled he died from a gunshot wound to the head. The death was concluded to be suicide, although a private investigator hired by wife Courtney Love hinted that the death was in fact murder.

Jim Morrison (1943-1971)
The lead singer of rock band The Doors was found dead in his bath in a Paris flat in 1971, aged 27. Medics that first examined Morrison reported the death as heart failure and ruled out foul play. Therefore, no official post-mortem was ever carried out into the death.

Friends of the star, however, have claimed he died of a drug overdose. Others have said he suffered from a respiratory condition that had led to him coughing up blood, which he may have choked on.

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Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970)
Hendrix died in 1970, aged 27. An official post-mortem ruled that he choked on his own vomit. However, recently it was claimed he was murdered. James Wright, a roadie with the Animals, made the murder claim in a book. He wrote that Mike Jeffrey, Hendrix’s manager, had admitted that Hendrix had been killed because he wanted to terminate his management contract. It later emerged that Wright made up the claim to boost book sales.

Brian Jones (1942-1969)
Guitar expert and one of the founding members of The Rolling Stones, Jones died in 1969, again aged 27. He became known for his heavy drug addiction, and was replaced in the bank in 1969 by Mick Taylor. Just weeks later, Jones was found dead in a swimming pool in Sussex, England.

A coroner noted that the rock star’s liver and heart were greatly enlarged at the time of death; indicating heavy drug and alcohol use.

To add controversy to his death, it was later claimed that Jones was killed by his builder, Frank Thorogood because of a debt. Thorogood was said to have confessed the killing just prior to his death in 1993. However, police took no action on the claims.

Amy Winehouse

The funeral of the recently deceased singer Amy Winehouse will be held today. The 27-year-old singer was found dead last Saturday at her north London home.

Family and friends of Winehouse have started to arrive at the Edgwarebury Cemetery in Edgware, north London, where the road is lined with photographers and fans.

One of Winehouse’s best friends, a tearful Kelly Osborne, is said to be in attendance sporting the signature “Beehive” hairstyle that Amy Winehouse was famous for.

The funeral has been organized as a private affair, with only family and close friends being asked to attend.

Celebrities unable to join the funeral have taken to twitter to pay tribute to the soul singer whose death has shocked the music world.

Britain’s George Michael tweeted, calling the late star “the most soulful vocalist this country has ever seen.”

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Singer Adele posted a statement on her website saying that Winehouse “paved the way for artists like me and made people excited about British music again.

Winehouse’s God-daughter, Dionne Bromfield also paid her respects to the star on Twitter saying, “I feel like a part of my soul has departed with the beautiful songbird Amy… Please say a prayer…She loved everyone.”

Bromfield was signed to Winehouse’s record label and the two appeared together on stage last week at the Roundhouse in Camden.

An autopsy on Amy Winehouse’s body was carried out yesterday, but the cause of death has still not been clarified, and a number of weeks may now pass before a detailed conclusive report can be made.

Winehouse’s home in north London, the scene of her death, has been searched by police who say they have found nothing suspicious, and have also said they have not found any drug paraphernalia.

Winehouse had a reputation for heavy drug use and many in the media believed this could have been the cause of death.

Toxicology tests have been taken and it will now be up to four weeks for the results to be returned, which will help determine whether drug use led to the singer’s death.

Sources close to the Winehouse told Perez Hilton.com that Winehouse had given up heavy drug use but was still drinking a lot. They also said Winehouse suffered from seizures.

Some have rumored that her drinking may have brought on a massive seizure killing the singer.

 

 

 

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