Amy Winehouse's funeral was held yesterday at a cemetery in North London. The neo-soul singer died July 24 of yet-unknown causes; among the mourners were the singer's father, mother and brother and celebrities such as Kelly Osbourne, and musicians such as Mark Ronson, who co-produced her breakthrough album Back to Black.
The service for Winehouse, led by a rabbi, ended Carole King's "So Far Away," said to be one of her favorite songs. Winehouse's body was cremated afterward.
Here's what went down:
- Her father Mitch Winehouse reportedly said in his eulogy: "knowing she passed away happy, it makes us all feel better." He ended with, "Goodnight my angel, sleep tight. Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much."
- Kelly Osbourne wore her hair in Winehouse's signature beehive to pay tribute to Amy.
- Winehouse's ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, who is in prison for burglary and possession of an imitation firearm, was denied release to attend the funeral.
Her father also released a full statement afterward:
"Amy was the greatest daughter, family member and friend you could ever have. I will talk a lot about her fantastic recovery. Recently Amy found love with Reg. He helped her with her problems and Amy was looking forward to their future together. She was the happiest she has been for years. We all remember that great night at the 100 Club on Oxford Street, her voice was good, her wit and timing were perfect.
She told me that she had 'thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed herself.' The last time she called me she had found a box of old family photos and called me to go over to look. We spoke 3 times a day at least, she was very excited.
3 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 3 weeks of abstinence
She said, 'Dad I've had enough, I can't stand the look on your and the family's faces anymore.'
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She was not depressed. She saw Janis and Reg 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 she wasn't depressed, knowing she passed away, knowing she passed away happy, it makes us all feel better.
I was in New York with my cousin Michael when I heard and 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. With the help of Keith Vaz MP, we are trying to change that."