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Amy Winehouse’s funeral took place yesterday with a private gathering of family and close friends at Edgwarebury Cemetery in North London. Giving a eulogy her father Mitch spoke to congregants and addressed his beloved daughter’s struggle with drug and alcohol addiction.
According to reports, Mitch, a former cab driver turned jazz singer, said that his daughter had found new love with film director Reg Traviss who had attempted to help get her life back on track.
He referred to his daughter as a loving person, and the greatest family member and friend you can ever have.
“Three years ago, Amy conquered her drug dependency; the doctors said it was impossible but she really did it,” he said. “She was trying hard to deal with her drinking and had just completed three weeks of abstinence. Knowing she passed away happy, it makes us all feel better.”
Reportedly, other friends have claimed seeing the star taking drugs and alcohol right before her untimely death. Numerous blog comments discussing the matter on the internet have claimed her father is in denial of the fact that his daughter had an ongoing addiction, even up to the day of her death.
Yet, Mitch is insisting that his daughter was not depressed and the evening before she died she was in her room playing the drums and singing.
“I know she passed away happy and that makes us all feel better,” he said in a statement at the funeral.
In addition, Mitch wants to start a foundation depicting the things the singer loved, such as horses and children, but also to help those struggling with substance abuse. He feels that many cannot afford private rehab clinics, so he would like to change that with this foundation.
Following the funeral service and cremation on July 26, the singer’s family and friends went to Southgate Centre for Judaism to honor the singer’s life.
Amy Winehouse died in her home over the weekend. Autopsy results proved inconclusive on Monday, and it has been reported it will take two to four weeks for toxicology tests to provide a cause of death.