Amy Winehouse's family and friends gather to mourn at singer's funeral
Family and friends mourned the loss of British soul singer Amy Winehouse this morning in London, England.
The Associated Press reports that Winehouse’s parents and brother attended the Jewish funeral. In addition to family, attendees included Mark Ronson (who handled production on Winehouse’s Grammy-winning breakthrough Back to Black) and friend Kelly Osborne, who wore her hair in a beehive as a tribute to Winehouse’s signature style.
“Goodnight, my angel, sleep tight. Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much,” said father Mitch Winehouse to his daughter, who passed away on Saturday of as-yet-undetermined causes at the age of 27.
The service concluded with a rendition of Carole King’s “So Far Away,” which was one of Winehouse’s favorite songs. Winehouse was then moved to Golders Green Crematorium, where she was cremated.
Winehouse’s father Mitch released a statement about the last time he spoke to his daughter, which you can read in full after the jump.
Mitch Winehouse Statement:
“Amy was the greatest daughter, family member and friend you could ever have. I will talk a lot about her fantastic recovery. Recently Amy found love with [boyfriend] Reg [Traviss]. He helped her with her problems and Amy was looking forward to their future together. She was the happiest she has been for years. We all remember that great night at the 100 Club on Oxford Street, her voice was good, her wit and timing were perfect. She told me that she had ‘thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed herself.’
The last time she called me she had found a box of old family photos and called me to go over to look. We spoke three times a day at least, she was very excited. Three years ago, Amy conquered her drug dependency, the doctors said it was impossible but she really did it. She was trying hard to deal with her drinking and had just completed three weeks of abstinence She said, ‘Dad I’ve had enough, I can’t stand the look on your and the family’s faces anymore.’
She was not depressed. She saw Janis and Reg on Friday and was in good spirits. That night, she was in her room, playing drums and singing. As it was late, her security guard said to keep it quiet and she did. He heard her walking around for a while and when he went to check on her in the morning he thought she was asleep. He went back a few hours later, that was when he realized she was not breathing and called for help.
But knowing she wasn’t depressed, knowing she passed away, knowing she passed away happy, it makes us all feel better. I was in New York with my cousin Michael when I heard and straight away I said I wanted an Amy Winehouse Foundation, something to help the things she loved – children, horses, but also to help those struggling with substance abuse. In this country, if you cannot afford a private rehabilitation clinic, there is a two year waiting list for help. With the help of Keith Vaz MP, we are trying to change that.”
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