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New Amy Winehouse inquest due to be heard

08 january 2013, 15:00
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A new inquest into the death of troubled British singer Amy Winehouse, which was ordered when it emerged that the original coroner was not qualified for the job, will be heard on Tuesday, AFP reports.

The Grammy award-winner was found dead at her north London home in July 2011 following years of drug and alcohol addiction. She was 27.

At an inquest in October 2011, coroner Suzanne Greenaway delivered a verdict of death by misadventure after hearing that Winehouse was more than five times over the drink-drive limit when she died.

But Greenaway resigned from her job a month later when an investigation revealed that she did not have the requisite experience for the role.

A Camden Council spokesman said that hearing, due to take place at 10:00 am (1000 GMT), was expected to last around 30 minutes with a judgement due in the early afternoon.

A spokesman for the singer's family said they did not ask for the second inquest and expect the verdict to remain the same.

"The family were happy with the way the original inquest was conducted and did not request it to be reheard," he said.

The initial inquest in London heard that the "Back to Black" singer was poisoned by alcohol when she suddenly drank heavily after abstaining for three weeks.

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