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Amy's Dad Opens Up Some More

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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.

Truly inspiring.

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10 comments to “Amy's Dad Opens Up Some More”

  1. 1

    He wasn't offering thoughtful words to comfort the likes of scum like you. You're a total idiot.
    I should contribute to that plane ticket.

  2. 2

    DENIAL! It seems like her father doesn't get it. A 27 year old woman doesn't just die. She destroyed her body and it caught up with her. Tragic.

  3. 3

    Re: Superhot – He will deal with his demons in his own time. Denial is one of the steps of grieving. I think it is too much to expect him to have full clarity so soon after his daughters death. I agree that he is in denial of the full extent of Amy's problems, but as a parent I cannot help but sympathize with him at this time.

  4. 4

    He really does " Get it" he has just made peace with it…when you have a loved one who is an addict, you accept the fact that oneday you'll get the call…he's been greiving the loss of his baby girl for years, it just that her body has died now.He's not a stupid or a foolish man, and he will be grieving for the rest of his life..in different ways. It's never right or emotionally easy to burry your kid…it's just not the way things should happen, we are supposed to grow older and they burry us. This guy doesn't need you or anyone else to armchair quarterback his greiving process. Let himn heal and cope as he needs to, not as you would like to see him do it.

  5. 5

    Re: Superhot – Instead of saying "tragic" I think you meant to say "poetic"

  6. 6

    I agree to an extent with you however this has become a trend…celeb is on drugs/alcohol….celeb gets treatment and viola…all is well….then they mysteriously die and their world denies that drugs or alcohol had anything to do with it. He is not obligated to educate the public but the message he is sending out there is a dangerous one.

  7. 7

    Sorry..two stories told. One was that she was on a weeklong bender with booze and drugs,that her boyfriend split up with her in May leading to a depression and that when her mother saw her on Friday she was "out of it"(according to her mother). Story Two: She was the happiest she'd been in years,exercising and doing Yoga, that she had beat her drug problem three yeras ago and was working on her drinking problem and that she was still dating her boyfriend at the time she died. Which is it? The toxicology results will tell the true story. In the end, I guess it doesn't matter as the world has lost a great talent, and if the people closest to her want to spin it in a good way to honor her memory…so be it.

  8. 8

    he probably grieved for her a long time ago, i think her parents have been waiting on this for a while now and have come to terms with the fact that theyre gonna get the call, good on them, i wish them well

  9. 9

    I think that down deep inside both of Amy's parents knew that she would some day die from drugs or alcohol. He is in shock that she is gone but knew for years that this day was coming. People grieve in different ways. They were good parents. RIP Amy.

  10. 10

    Unfortunately some people do die unexpectedly. I lost my 31 year old daughter to a seisure a couple of years ago. She did not take drugs or drink excessively.