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:
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
- 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
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.'
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.”