Amy Winehouse Dead for Hours Before Body Was Discovered?

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Amy Winehouse’s final hours are slowly being detailed by British newspapers, with one report claiming that Winehouse “may have been dead for up to six hours” before police found her dead in her London bed on July 23.

According to The Sun, Winehouse spoke with her security team at 10 a.m. local time on Saturday, and that was the last time anyone heard from the “Rehab” singer. Her body was later discovered at 4 p.m. when medics were called in.

A Sun source also claims that Winehouse had just seen her doctor the night before she passed away, and that he “was happy with her condition. When he left on Friday night he had no concerns. Less than 24 hours later she was found dead … Amy’s health has been very fragile and she has been having a series of check-ups.”

And while toxicology reports won’t be available for weeks, many fear her frequent use of drugs and alcohol contributed to her death. Winehouse’s mother says she saw her daughter just days before her death, and that Amy’s last words to her were “I love you, mum.”

The Winehouse family was at Amy’s home on Sunday, and took the time to meet and talk with the hundreds of fans who gathered outside to mourn the loss of the star. Amy’s father Mitch spoke directly to the fans, saying: “I know a lot of you, we’ve been together for five, six years, I know you’ve got a job to do. I’m glad you’re all here anyway … And you people in the street, I can’t tell you what this means to us – it really is making this a lot easier for us … Amy was about one thing and that was love, her whole life was devoted to her family and her friends and to you guys as well … We’re devastated and I’m speechless but thanks for coming.”

Results of Winehouse’s autopsy will reportedly be made public soon, but it’s likely that toxicology reports will show the true cause of death.

Meanwhile, the Back to Black singer’s sad passing has led to a renewed interest in her music. NME is reporting that sales of Winehouse’s catalog and singles has increased 37 times over since the news of her death.