London:  Amy Winehouse's blood alcohol level was more than four times the legal limit at the time of her death, says coroner, adding that the singer died as a direct result of over-consumption as reported.

Coroner Suzanne Greenaway described the situation as 'Death by misadventure', noting that Winehouse voluntarily pounded an extraordinary amount of liquor in the hours before she died July 23.

Winehouse, who battled substance abuse issues for years, was 27-year-old at the time of her death.

Amy's family released a statement saying, 'It is some relief to finally find out what happened to Amy. We understand there was alcohol in her system when she passed away; it is likely a build up of alcohol in her system over a number of days.

'The court heard that Amy was battling hard to conquer her problems with alcohol and it is a source of great pain to us that she could not win in time. She had started drinking again that week after a period of abstinence.'

'It underlines how important our work with the Amy Winehouse Foundation is to us, to help as many young people and children as we can in her name.'

'It means a lot to us and from the overwhelming messages of support we have had since Amy died, we know she meant a great deal to people all over the world. We want to thank everyone for that and for their continuing enthusiasm for the Foundation.'