Amy Winehouse Dead: Did Going Cold Turkey Kill Her?

Written by Michael Lambarde on Jul. 30, 2011

Amy Winehouse died one week ago, and a week after she was found dead, no cause of death has yet to be discovered. Her family, however, is linking her decision to withdraw from alcohol as the reason she passed away at the age of just 27. According to a source close to the family, Mitch Winehouse — Amy’s father told the doctors shortly after Winehouse’s body was found that doctors recently told his daughter to reduce drinking alcohol. Winehouse apparently obliged, but decided to take it another step by completely going cold turkey. According to the family, Winehouse decided it was an “all or nothing” situation and decided to give it up completely.

The family is now theorizing that because of all the public drug and alcohol use over the past few years, it was too much for her and her body to handle and it “shocked” her body and that it was ultimately “too much for her to take”. Of course, now doctors are weighing in on the family’s theory.

For example, celebrity psychiatrist Dr. Drew Pinsky stated during an interview on the Kevin & Bean Show on KROQ Friday that it was a “very interesting little theory” that the family came up with. He further explained that the theory of going cold turkey after years of addiction could indeed be the reason why Winehouse died, but said that if that was the case, that person would get “really, really sick and you cease and you become encephalopathic and confused, and your heart becomes erratic.”

Amy Winehouse’s father, who saw her the night before she ultimately passed away, didn’t notice anything off about her as would have been likely the case based on the theory that the family is going by. He told a source that “She was in her room, playing drums and singing As it was late, her security guard said to keep it quiet, and she did.”