Police officer urges caution on Winehouse death speculation
A senior British police officer tonight urged the media not to speculate over the cause of Amy Winehouseâ€™s death.
Superintendent Raj Kohli said it would be â€œinappropriateâ€ to discuss what killed the singer before a post-mortem examination has taken place.
Speaking near her home in Camden, north London, he said: â€œPolice were called by the London Ambulance Service to a house in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 4.05om today to reports of a woman found deceased.
â€œOn arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Next of kin have been informed, and I can confirm that the deceased is Amy Winehouse.
â€œInquiries continue as to the circumstances of the death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained. There have been no arrests in connection with this incident.
â€œI am aware of reports suggesting that the death was a result of a suspected drugs overdose, but I would like to re-emphasise that no post-mortem examination has yet taken place and it would be inappropriate to speculate on the cause of death.â€
Winehouse had a well-publicised battle with drink and drugs during her short life.
Mr Kohli added: â€œI would urge media to avoid speculation that might cause further distress to Ms Winehouseâ€™s family at this difficult time.
â€œThe death of any person is a sad time for friends and family â€“ in particular someone like Amy Winehouse, very well-known nationally and internationally.
â€œMy sympathy extends not just to her immediate family but to her thousands, millions of fans across the world.â€
It is understood the singer's father, taxi driver-turned-jazz singer Mitch Winehouse, is returning to the UK from New York where he was due to give a concert on Monday.