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Could Alcohol Withdrawal Have Killed Amy Winehouse?

This comes with the grain of salt attached to any Brit celebrity tabloid story, but apparently Amy Winehouse's family is convinced that the singer didn't die of any kind of overdose -- exactly the opposite, in fact. Winehouse could have actually died from alcohol withdrawal. The singer was reportedly advised to wean herself off of booze gradually, but according to "family sources," she quit cold turkey. This could have potentially caused a seizure and killed her. According to the Sun, Winehouse "fell off the wagon" three days before her death, drinking gin and Red Bull at the iTunes Festival where she made her last public appearance. If that's true, does it complicate the withdrawal theory? Or maybe even support it? In any case, the true cause of Winehouse's death won't be known until the toxicology test results come through in the next few weeks. [Sun UK]

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