Last month, a coroner ruled that Amy Winehouse died from excessive alcohol consumption, having consumed enough alcohol on the day of her death to render her more than five times over the legal drink-drive limit. But Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker says the tabloids are as much to blame for the death of the twenty-seven year old singer.
Cocker told The Guardian:
“Amy Winehouse passed away this year and it was all 'drugs killed Amy Winehouse'. I think that the press killed Amy Winehouse as much as drugs did, because it sends people into that place where they've got no peace, and so they just try to escape. And sometimes you use drugs and drink to do that.”
“That atmosphere of fear that tabloids cause – and I experienced that a bit, back in the bad old days – it makes you not want to go out, and it makes you act more weirdly because it makes you more self-conscious, and it makes you want to get more off your head because you block it out.”
In the same interview, Cocker offered far more than just his theory of the true cause of Winehouse's death. If you are also curious about what he's hiding under his beard or what he thinks about the current state of the music industry, head over to the Guardian, where he answered a bunch of fan-generated questions.