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Mitch: I never realised Amy's gift

Amy Winehouse's father Mitch has admitted he only realised how talented his daughter was after she died.

The 27-year-old was found dead from alcohol poisoning in her north London home on July 23 last year.

After watching footage of his daughter in concert in a preview of BBC4 documentary The Day She Came To Dingle, Mitch told the Radio Times: "I always knew she was a good singer, but I was so busy running after her and pulling her out of trouble and telling her off and taking her here, there and everywhere."

He added: "Looking at that (footage) I realised that there's a lot I didn't know about Amy.

"One of the things I didn't know about her was what an incredible genius she was, which is strange - because I'm her dad, so I should know that, shouldn't I?"

He told the magazine: "Because I was so close to her, I didn't fully get it - and now, unfortunately, it's taken Amy's passing for me to understand that."

The documentary follows Amy's visit to the Irish fishing village of Dingle, Co Kerry, in 2006 to film a segment for the music show Other Voices.

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