We're so glad that Amy's parents are staying so strong!
Earlier today, we were moved when we learned that Amy Winehouse's father Mitch said the following about her during a eulogy at her funeral:
"Goodnight, my angel, sleep tight. Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much."
Now, Mitch Winehouse has opened up further about Amy. Here's what he had to say about her:
"She was the happiest she has been for years. She was not depressed. She saw [her mom] Janis and [her boyfriend] Reg [Traviss] 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 that she wasn't depressed, knowing that she passed away happy — it makes us all feel better."
And here's Mitch on whether or not he believes drugs were involved in Amy's death:
"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."
And Mitch on his plans to start a foundation in Amy's name:
"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…We are trying to change that."
Thanks for all the thoughtful words, Mitch. We understand this is an incredibly difficult time, but we're so impressed with your positive outlook and your future plans to honor Amy.
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