Coroner, residing over Amy Winehouse’s death, resigns after qualifications are questioned. New investigations into Winehouse’s death held as relatives look into legal advice.
October– Susan Greenway, assistant deputy coroner in London, announces Winehouse’s death in July a result of accidental alcohol poisoning.
November– Appointed by Husband, Andrew Reid in 2009, authorities find Greenway not a registered U.K. lawyer for five years as law requires but practiced law for a decade in Australia.
Her official resignation made public Wednesday
Reid: “I believed at the time that her experience as a solicitor and barrister in Australia satisfied the requirements of the post,”
Reid broke no laws appointing wife but possibly breached professional guidelines. Local authority Camden Council states Reid made an error in good faith appointing his wife. Britain’s Office for Judicial Complaints continue their investigation in the matter. Greenway oversaw 12 inquests where Winehouse lived. Reid says he’s confident all inquests were done correctly.
Relatives now attempt to decide on future actions. They may question verdict in court, invalidating the inquests.
Winehouse’s father tweets:
“Don’t worry about coroner nonsense. We are all OK.”
Winehouse, 27, found dead on July 27th is remembered for her unique and soulful voice as well as her battle with alcohol and drug addiction. At the October inquest, Greenway rules death as “death by misadventure,” from drinking after weeks of abstinence. Winehouse’s security guard, who found three empty vodka bottles at the scene, her doctor and a pathologist say another inquest is unlikely to change results.
“Back to Black” brought Winehouse global fame, updating old-time soul, jazz, rock and doo-wop earning five Grammy Awards. Winehouse turned to her tumultuous life and personal demons for material, resulting in hit songs such as “Rehab” and “Love Is a Losing Game.”