Amy Winehouse drank herself to death, a British coroner ruled Wednesday. The soul diva who had Grammy-winning songs and fans around the world died with empty vodka bottles in her room and lethal amounts of alcohol in her blood — more than five times the British drunk driving limit. Coroner Suzanne Greenaway gave a verdict of “death by misadventure,” saying the singer died of accidental alcohol poisoning when she resumed drinking after weeks of abstinence. The 27-year-old singer, who had fought a very public battle with drug and alcohol problems for years, was found dead in bed July 23 at her London home. An initial autopsy proved inconclusive, although it found no traces of illegal drugs in her system or signs of injury. … Robin Williams is once again a married man. The comedian tied the knot with Susan Schneider on Saturday in California. At Napa Valley’s Meadowood Resort, the 60-year-old “Patch Adams” star met graphic designer Schneider at the altar before friends and family, People confirms. … Bruce Willis is expecting a baby with wife Emma Heming Willis. A spokesperson says this is the first child for the couple, who were married in March 2009. Willis, 56, has three daughters from his previous marriage to Demi Moore. … Put another dime in the jukebox baby, because Joan Jett is headed to Miami. The rocker will add some edge this year to The Make-A-Wish Ball at the Intercontinental Miami Hotel on Nov. 5. Jett, 53, is known for such chart toppers as “I Love Rock N Roll,” “Crimson & Clover” and “Bad Reputation.” The rocker from Long Island, N.Y., and her band, The Blackhearts, have been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Posted Oct. 26, 2011, at 5:55 p.m.