Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

Amy Winehouse's family 'devastated'

Amy Winehouse 'was devoted to her family and her friends', her father Mitch said

The grief-stricken parents of Amy Winehouse have made an emotional visit to see the tributes left outside the home where she died.

Mitch and Janis Winehouse sobbed as they looked at the flowers, candles, cuddly toys and even cigarette boxes and alcoholic drinks left at the edge of police cordons surrounding the singer's house in Camden, north London.

Mr Winehouse, who flew back from New York after hearing the news of his daughter's death, told a crowd gathered outside that they were "devastated", adding: "You people in the street, I can't tell you what this means to us - it really is making this a lot easier for us."

It is understood the Back To Black singer's funeral could take place as early as Tuesday as Jewish law states a funeral has to take place as soon as possible.

An inquest has been opened and adjourned but no cause of death was given.

Mr Winehouse said: "Amy was about one thing and that was love, her whole life was devoted to her family and her friends and to you guys as well. We're devastated and I'm speechless but thanks for coming."

The circumstances around her death were described as "non-suspicious" by coroner's officer Sharon Duff.

Scotland Yard said it will be waiting for the results of toxicology tests after the post-mortem examination was unable establish a formal cause of death.

A spokesman for the family later announced: "The funeral will take place on Tuesday and will be a family and close friends affair." The spokesman would not reveal any details about the location or time of the service.

Winehouse could end the week topping the charts following massive demand for her music from fans since her death. Her acclaimed album Back To Black re-entered the charts at the weekend, almost five years after its release.

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