Toxicology Report Says No Illegal Drugs In Amy Winehouse's Body

Green Day's tribute to Amy Winehouse: Billie Joe Armstrong knows about the pain of 27.

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Amy Winehouse’s toxicology tests are back and her family has revealed that there were no illegal drugs in her system when she died, and it’s still uncertain what led to the singer’s death on July 23.

Chris Goodman, a representative for the family, released the following statement on Tuesday explaining, “Toxicology results returned to the Winehouse family by authorities have confirmed that there were no illegal substances in Amy’s system at the time of her death.” The statement did not state whether prescription drugs were present in her system, but did reveal that “alcohol was present but it cannot be determined as yet if it played a role in her death.

Of course the report is quite a shock given Winehouse’s ongoing battle with drugs and alcohol, and still leaves the cause of death a mystery. The family are hoping for more clarity in the Grammy-winning songstress’s death once an inquest commences on October 26.

Green Day to "Amy"

Yesterday, Green Day made “Amy” their tribute to Winehouse “The Song of the Week” according to their Twitter post @GreenDayAuthority. They debuted it at their not-so-secret show in Costa Mesa last Thursday, and to be honest it sounds more rockabilly than punk, but that’s not to say it’s not poignant and gripping. Especially the line about “Did you tattoo a lucky charm/To keep you out of harms way? Warding off all evil signs. But it never really kept you safe.”

It’s very telling since Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong also had a rather tumultuous 27, and has the number 27 tattooed on his right arm. “It’s just to remind me how hard it can get,” the singer explained to this reporter a few years back.

Here’s Green Day debuting "Amy" on August 13 at Costa Mesa’s Tiki Bar.


Lyrics for “Amy,” as posted on Green Day's web site:

Is your heart singing out of tune
Are your eyes just singing the blues
Dirty records from another time
Some blood stains on your shoes
No one really knows about your soul
And I barely even know your name
Burning rhythms and posting lies
For a bunch of fools drown in shame
Amy don’t you go
I want you around
Singin’ whoa please don’t go
Do you wanna be a friend of mine?
Did you tattoo a lucky charm
To keep you out of harms way?
Warding off all evil signs
But it never really kept you safe
You’re too young for the golden age
Cause the record bin’s been replaced
27 gone without a trace
And you walked away from your drink
Is your heart singing out of tune
Are you eyes just singing the blues?
Dirty records from another time
Some blood stains on your shoes
May I have this last dance
By chance if we should meet?
Can you write me a lullaby?
So we can sing you to sleep

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Jaan Uhelszki was one of the founding editors at Detroit’s legendary Creem magazine. Since that time, her work has appeared in USA Today, Uncut, Rolling Stone, Spin, NME, Relix, and Guitar World. She is the only journalist to have ever performed in full makeup with Kiss. Luckily she only had to put…

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