Amy Winehouse's family believes she died of alcohol withdrawal
While we've been hearing report after report that Amy Winehouse had spent her last week drinking and drugging herself to death, the family is now saying that she actually died from alcohol withdrawal. And however unlikely that sounds, it can really happen. Oh, do tell us more, British tabloids.
A source allegedly close to the Winehouse family told the Sun they thought the 4-foot-11 singer's decision to quit booze cold turkey was too much to handle. "Abstinence gave her body such a fright they thought it was eventually the cause of her death," the source said.
Indeed, dad Mitch apparently said as much during his daughter's eulogy on Monday: "He wanted everyone to know that he, her boyfriend and her manager believed it was actually the complete opposite," the source continued.
"He said doctors had told Amy to gradually reduce her intake of alcohol and to avoid bingeing at all costs. Amy told him she couldn't do that. It was all or nothing and she gave up completely. Mitch said the shock of giving up, after everything she had been through over a bad few years, was just too much for her to take."
Being ever so mindful of the facts, the Sun asked its resident doctor (because it apparently has one who routinely answers questions such as this) whether this was possible, and guees what? It is.
"The heaviest drinkers have a particularly severe form of alcohol withdrawal called delirium tremens, or DTs," Dr. Carol Cooper told the paper.
"They may fall into a stupor and sleep it off, or lapse into a coma -- or have dangerous seizures." A quick read of the Interwebs says that left untreated, the mortality rate of DTs can be as high as 35 percent. That's certainly not a scenario we remember Dr. Drew Pinksy telling us on Celebrity Rehab.
[Photo: Amy in Aug. 2010. Getty Images]