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Inquest into Amy Winehouse’s Death Reopened

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More than a year after an inquest into Amy Winehouse‘s July 2011 death — which found that the singer died from alcohol poisoning –  reports have surfaced that the coroner was unqualified for her position.

Assistant deputy coroner Suzanne Greenaway, who performed the inquest, was appointed to the position by her husband, despite lacking the required five years of experience with the London Law Society. Greenaway resigned in November 2011 after questions were raised about her credentials, and her husband resigned earlier this month.

“The inquest into the death of Amy Winehouse had not technically been heard,” said Camden Council in a statement. The council scheduled a new hearing for Jan. 8. Greenaway’s initial finding was that Winehouse died from consuming too much alcohol. Her blood alcohol level was more than four times the legal limit when she was found dead at home in London.

The news of another inquest could reopen old wounds for friends and family of the singer who had already accepted the circumstances of her death. The family’s spokesperson, Chris Goodman, said family members are not calling for a new inquest. Given the evidence from the first inquest, particularly regarding Winehouse’s blood alcohol level, a second examination isn’t expected to produce a different conclusion on the manner of death.

Winehouse’s music has continued to sell since her death. Winehouse’s family facilitated the release of the posthumous album ‘Lioness: Hidden Treasures,’ featuring her duet with Tony Bennett, ‘Body and Soul,’ which won the 2012 Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

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