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Amy Winehouse's father to mark fifth anniversary of her death with concert

Published 22/07/2016

Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning aged 27 at her home in Camden in north London on July 23 2011
Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning aged 27 at her home in Camden in north London on July 23 2011

The father of Amy Winehouse will mark the fifth anniversary of the death of the singer with a concert to raise money for her foundation.

The 27-year-old died of alcohol poisoning at her home in Camden in north London on July 23 2011.

Mitch Winehouse will perform songs he and his daughter loved at the Pizza Express Jazz Club on Sunday to raise money for the Amy Winehouse Foundation, the charity set up in her name after her death.

Winehouse was found dead after a long-publicised battle with drink and drugs.

Her family set up the charity on what would have been her 28th birthday to combat drug and alcohol abuse among young people and help them overcome eating disorders or self-harm.

A British-made film about the singer won the Oscar for best documentary feature at this year's ceremony but has been slammed by her father, who described it as a "sham".

Speaking after the film won the prestigious prize, he said: "It's gratifying to know that people still love Amy, and they love her music, and they love her as a person. But the anger around the film hasn't abated."

Mr Winehouse said the film left out positive aspects of his daughter's life including her clothes designing and charity work, adding: "It's just a very negative image and portrayal of Amy and her family."

The singer married Blake Fielder in 2007 and the pair had an on-off relationship even after their marriage ended two years later.

He was widely criticised after Winehouse was found dead of alcohol poisoning for having introduced her to hard drugs.

She was immortalised with a life-size bronze statue in Camden on what would have been her 31st birthday.

The 175cm statue features high heels and Winehouse's trademark beehive hairdo.

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