Amy Winehouse death investigation may be reopened

The investigation into the death of British pop/soul chanteuse Amy Winehouse may be reopened following the resignation of the coroner who presided over the singer's official inquest amid questions regarding her qualifications to perform the job.

The investigation into the death of British pop/soul chanteuse Amy Winehouse may be reopened following the resignation of the coroner who presided over the singer's official inquest amid questions regarding her qualifications to perform the job.

According to the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper, Suzanne Greenway, who ruled last October that Winehouse had died of "misadventure," a British legal term describing accidental circumstances, is under investigation by the Office of Judicial Complaints for allegedly not possessing the requisite amount of experience when she was appointed to the job by her husband, Andrew Reid, a fellow coroner who chaired the inquest proceedings.

Greenway actually left her job -- assistant deputy coroner -- in November after it was discovered that she had not met certain job requirements, such as serving five years as a registered lawyer, but the resignation was not made public until Tuesday (1/31).

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Reid said he remains confident that his wife handled the inquest correctly and that the original rulings will stand, but Winehouse's family was said to be considering the news carefully and mulling over possible ramifications. In a statement issued to the press, the family said they were "taking advice on the implications [of the investigation of Greenway] and will decide if any further discussion with the authorities is needed."

Winehouse was found dead in July in her October home, only a month after canceling her European tour. The cause of death was officially found to be alcohol poisoning.

 

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