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Winehouse autopsy results 'inconclusive'

Further toxicology tests are needed to establish what led to the singer’s death; the results are expected in two to four weeks.

Image: Akira Suemori/AP

Updated at 20.18

LONDON POLICE SAY that an autopsy on singer Amy Winehouse has not established what killed her.

The Metropolitan Police said Monday that further toxicology tests are needed and the results are expected in two to four weeks.

Earlier today, an official from the coroner’s office has said that UK police have found no suspicious circumstances in the death of singer Amy Winehouse.

Winehouse, 27, was found dead at her home in north London on Saturday afternoon. Scotland Yard confirmed this morning that the post-mortem would be carried out today, with the full results of the examination likely to follow in several weeks.

While those results are pending, however, the late singer’s remains will be released to her family for burial in accordance with Jewish tradition and the funeral is expected to take place within the next 24 hours or so.

Jewish law requires a body to be buried within 24 hours of its death, though in Winehouse’s case the interment has been delayed because of the circumstances of her death. The inquest into her death was opened today and subsequently adjourned to allow for the funeral arrangements to be made.

Coroner’s officer Sharon Duff said that a forensic post-mortem and toxicology tests were being carried out to determine the cause of death.

Today’s Sun suggests she may have lay dead for up to six hours before she was discovered. Her last known contact with others was at 10am on Saturday morning when she spoke to her security team.

The paper also cited police sources which said there were was no sign of drugs in the house – and that she had undergone a medical exam on the evening before her death which apparently showed no sign of ill health.

The singer is also said to have been well enough to have played the drums in her house on Friday; her neighbours reportedly complained about the noise she was making on the drum kit she kept in her bedroom.

Fans of the late singer, 27, have left alcohol and tobacco among floral shrines outside her Camden home, in homage to Winehouse’s well-known fondness for alcohol and drugs.

Today her family visited her home and spent some time viewing the tributes left by fans. Her father Mitch Winehouse thanked mourners for their support, saying:

I can’t tell you what this means to us – it really is making this a lot easier for us. We’re devastated and I’m speechless but thanks for coming.

Mitch and Janis Winehouse viewing flowers left by well-wishers outside their late daughter Amy’s home in north London today. (Sean Dempsey/PA Wire)

- Additional reporting from the AP

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