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Amy inquest could be illegal

Amy Winehouse’s death is proving as messy and complicated as her tragic life. It has been revealed that the coroner who conducted the investigation of her death did not have the credentials required for the post.

The inquest into Winehouse’s death could now be declared illegal. The 2011 inquest was chaired by Inner North London Coroner Dr Andrew Scott Reid. Reid had appointed his wife Suzanne Greenaway as Assistant Deputy Coroner. It subsequently emerged that Greenaway did not match the requirements for the appointment of coroners. These include five years experience as a medical practitioner, which she does not have. All of the inquests she has overseen could now be declared illegal.

It’s a blackly farcical twist to the tragic Winehouse story. The family released a statement reading : "The Winehouse family is taking advice on the implications of this and will decide if any further discussion with the authorities is needed."

Winehouse’s father Mitch tweeted that "Don't worry about coroner nonsense. We are all ok." He is struggling to maintain control over an increasingly frantic Winehouse heritage industry. He recently criticised fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier for a "tribute" show.

"The family was upset to see those pictures, they were a total shock," he said after seeing photos of Gaultier’s models in black veils, smoking cigarettes. "We're still grieving for her loss, and we've had a difficult week with the six-month anniversary of Amy's death. To see her image lifted wholesale to sell clothes was a wrench we were not expecting or consulted on."

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