Amy Winehouse Dead at 27: Tearful Parents Express Gratitude to Fans

The parents of Amy Winehouse have visited the 27-year-old’s north London home and have thanked fans gathered at a makeshift memorial.

Winehouse’s father Mitch had quickly flown back from New York where he was scheduled to take part in a music tour. As media representatives followed him around, he slowly read some of the messages of condolence left outside his daughter’s home.

He addressed the fans briefly saying, “Thank you for coming. It means so much to me and my family.”

A post-mortem has been scheduled for Monday, which it is hoped will provide more details into the cause of death, which at the moment police have described as simply “unexplained.”

Reports emerged over the weekend from friends and some witnesses that Winehouse had bought a cocktail of drugs, and had been heavily drinking in the hours before her death. The “Back to Black” singer was found dead in her bed on Saturday afternoon. According to Reuters she had been on the phone to her management team just six hours prior to being found dead.

Meanwhile, British newspaper the Daily Telegraph reported Monday that a new album could be released in the coming months using material recorded by the singer before her death. If true, that album would heavily be expected to reach number 1 in the sales charts. The Daily Telegraph article referred to sources saying that Winehouse had a “lot of material” that had not been released publicly, but that her parents would have the ultimate authority on whether a release would be forthcoming.

According to Reuters, a spokesman for Winehouse has said, “I know there's material about, but no one's talked about it.”

Fans are flocking to buy her second album, Back to Black, released in 2006, pushing it back onto the charts nearly five years after it was released. The Back to Black album, Winehouse’s first album released in the United States, is at No. 59 on the U.K.’s Official Charts Company on Sunday.

Her singles “Back to Black” is at No. 81 and “Rehab” is at No. 181 on the Official Charts Company’s singles list.

Winehouse’s albums have increased a whopping 37-fold between the 24-hour period between Friday and Saturday, according to Official Charts Company Director Martin Talbot, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

“While Amy has already had an impact on the Official Charts, we would expect an even bigger impact to roll through over the coming days,” said Talbot. “Such a demonstration of her popularity is the best tribute the British public can pay to this extraordinary British talent.”

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